Every day, a blue feather day.
This is the first cocoon birthed out of the sponsored Gratitude Project. The Giver requested a cocoon of blue, and thoughts of feathers and light for her Reciever.
It was so much fun to create this with the support of the Giver, I've said it before, I'll say it again- I love collaborating with people to create beauty. It's so much fun for me to interpret an emotion/intention into color, wool and beads, especially with the challenge of translating through someone else's point of view.
For this one, I used bright blue, periwinkle and copper beads, vibrant turquoise thread and a wee opal, shining it's rainbow.
I have another to start working on now, and can't wait to get started on it!
Sharing has always been a part of who I am.
A natural penchant to 'make people happy' and four younger siblings will do that.
We like to joke that I got all the gold stars for sharing in preschool.
(... that is a joke, right Mom?)
I've realized lately that I want-need to share my art with the world. Local art markets and the online shop isn't enough. I want to truly share what I make. To say thank you to the universe for bringing me inspiration, be it from nature or my fellow humans (Hello there!).
The Gratitude Cocoons you've seen here on the blog are how I'm acknowledging and fulfilling this internal drive. It's scratching the itch, but I want it to grow into something larger, more love-filled. I want to help others reach out. Here's what I'm going to do:
I'm going to trust you.
My next three Gratitude cocoons will be for you to claim for someone else. Someone in your world (real life or internet life, as long as you can send me their mailing address) who needs to know that they're seen, heard, loved, held. It can be anonymous, or you can let them know who sponsored their cocoon. Let me know if there’s a message you want included in the package. You pick the base color, and I do the rest. I create a cocoon in honor of your message to the receiver. I'll make them in the order they are received, one going out each month until they're done. You'll get the tracking number when it’s sent, so you know it’s been done.
So here’s the tricky part (at least, it's the sticky/tricky part for me).
I'm balancing on a double edged sword. I need to share this work with the world, while at the same time be able to support my own world as well. Every piece I've ever put into my shop helps build momentum to the goal of supporting my little family with my art. In that respect, while these are "Pay What You Can', I'm asking that the minimum given is $30. That helps cover supplies and shipping. I’m giving the time and good vibes. If you're called to share more, know that it’s going right back into the studio.
Technically this is how it works:
There are 3 listings for Gratitude Cocoons in the shop for 'free'. Check one out with the shop follow the normal purchasing steps, and then head back here and click on the Gratitude Project button below to complete our agreement. I trust you.
Selling art is a business, sharing art is my privilege and gift.
These three cocoons recently found their home, all together, I like that.
The process of selling art online is a strange one.
I had forgotten my phone at home that day. (A lovely surprise) When I checked my email that evening after returning, there it was- the email saying that someone had decided to bring my art into her home. I was gob smacked for a minute, and then it hit me, the way it always does- that people want what I have made, what I have created with my two hands and heart.
I’m used to selling at art shows, introducing my art to people that are right in front of the work, touching and hearing the stories behind each piece. Setting up shop online removes that conversation, and it makes it harder to describe what I’m trying to do when I make art, especially the cocoons.
Harder might not be the right word… It’s more that I have to dig a little deeper, to make up for the lack of body language and physical proximity. Writing about my work has made me a better communicator of elusive feelings and forces me to construct words around the work of my hands. I’d much rather chat with someone, to have help in exploring our vocabulary to explain what each piece brings forth!
I love my online shop though, it connects me to people that I’ll probably never meet in person. It allows dear strangers to see what I have to offer the world, and invites them to join in.
All of this is to say, I suppose, thank you, and welcome!