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Yesterday, I met up with Joan of Fiori Fine Silver for lunch and to talk Etsy. We had a mission–it was time for Joan to list her first item on Etsy. Not that I needed an excuse to go out to lunch and talk crafty business. Those are two of my favorite things anyway.

I met Joan last month at a show at Ci|Creative. Talking about art and craft and the business of selling handmade, we immediately connected. Since Joan had not yet made the leap to Etsy, we agreed to get together and talk through the process. At lunch, she showed me some of her lovely jewelry pieces, we talked about the design process, and ultimately, we created a listing for a very pretty pair of fine silver hoop earrings. Joan creates unique textures on her pieces that I just love. These particular earrings have a leaf and vine pattern, but wait until she gets a few more listed! Each piece is different and lovely. Joan is still in the beginning phases of stocking and decorating her Etsy shop, but do stop by for a peek! Joan also wrote about our lunch date, and she talks more about her process creating the hoop earrings on her blog.

One of the things I have wanted to work on for awhile now has been to expand my circle of real-life creative friends. Having been a student for so long, I wasn’t surrounded by a lot of people who share my creative interests. And although I love connecting with the creative community online, it’s nice to see a real face every now and then. It can be hard to find other artists sometimes, though, especially when you’re a little shy, so the going has been slow. But lunch with Joan was one step forward, and I’m started to connect with other local artists, too.

I’m not sure if it’s just me that struggles to connect with other creative people in real life, so I’d love to hear your take on this. Do you have a real life creative community or friendships, or do the people around you not really understand that crafty stuff you do? Are you taking steps to forge new relationships with like-minded people? Let me know!

6 thoughts on “Connections

  1. Having creative friends is so important, but it is hard to make connections when working at home full time, especially during the winter. When I was doing craft shows, it was great fun to meet other crafters and many of us would re-connect throughout the summer. I miss that camaraderie!

  2. I do think it can be a real struggle to connect with other creative people in real life. For me, it probably stems mostly from two things: I am rather shy and take a long-ish time to really warm up to and get comfortable with people in general, and I am not very good at actually talking about the creative stuff. Don’t know why that second part is, but it definitely makes it tricky. Plus, it can be kind of needle-in-a-haystack sometimes to find not only people who are creative, but who also have a personality that you click with, you know? The whole thing is something I always think I should work on but never really seem to take any steps toward.

  3. I think that it is a great idea to connect with our creative community. I am able to do this a few times a year at various Art shows. Considering I come from a very small community, we do have a strong Art culture. It is always nice to share.

  4. This has been a big struggle for me. I have so many friends who appreciate what I do, and are very encouraging, but very few who are artists, or even enjoy the arts, like going to a museum or gallery. Fortunately, my husband enjoys all these things, which is a huge blessing. I’ve been developing friendships online with many artistic, crafty folks, but there is something truly unique about having a real life friendship to meet/share/encourage face-to-face.

  5. Most of my friends aren’t really crafty/artsy. And if they are, they don’t have the passion about it like I do–they just dabble.
    My brother on the other hand is a serious artist and we do a lot of art-talk. That kind of fills the need for me. See, I’m a bit of a loner so it doesn’t really bother me. But I will admit that sometimes it would be nice to have a circle of like-minded friends who are as devoted to craft and art as I am.

  6. I too would like to connect with more creative people in real life, but it is challenging. I have so little free time and it seems the same with everyone else. I hope you will let us know when you figure it out! 🙂
    ? emily

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