As Christmas fast approaches I’m looking back on another very busy year
of workshops. One very special pleasure I’ve discovered from
my relatively brief time teaching is the amazing feedback that comes,
sometimes long after the workshops are over…
e-mails are sent with attached photos of new feltwork, hand-written letters and
beautiful hand-made cards arrive from the most unexpected places…
Some days ago I received this wonderful Christmas card from Debbie,
along with a letter explaining that the “Winter Sunset” printed on
the card was actually felted by her daughter Rachel.
Debbie has been to several of my workshops, including the autumn
‘Painting with Fibres’ at Northcourt Manor and Rachel was so impressed with the
results that she wanted to try felting some Christmas presents.
Debbie went on to explain that Rachel has a speech and language disorder
which prevents her from doing some things, but her artwork is very important,
especially ceramics and she has now found another new creative medium
which she loves… And is obviously enjoying, with amazing results!
I was really touched by Rachel’s card and Debbie’s letter.
It made me realise that the knowledge that is taught and shared in my classes
actually has a life of its own and is passed on again and again,
usually without me ever knowing…
I came to teaching late in my working life, and rather reluctantly…
Having free-lanced as a designer/illustrator for over 30 years, leading a very
solitary existence and having no teaching experience, the idea was
somewhat daunting! When I started showing my felt designs at craft events I
had so many enquiries for workshops that the persuasion was difficult to
resist and I thought I’d have a go…
Now I’m in my 6th year of teaching workshops, which in itself is unbelievable!
The pleasures and satisfaction that comes with this ‘new’ job are impossible to explain. There are many creative aspects to it, but it is that personal interaction
with so many different people that is absolutely priceless.
So the workshops will continue next year and I will post up the new dates
as soon as they are arranged.
I’m also celebrating the 100th posting on this blog!
Another milestone, which also comes with the realisation that it is being read
by so many people all over the world who I will never know…!
To all of you who have been to my workshops
and to my blog followers wherever you are
for your interest and support and have a wonderful peaceful Christmas
with your families and friends.