Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Next number, please.
I waited in line at the cutting table at Joanne's Fabric. I had my number. I had a book to look at while I waited. I heard her before I actually saw her.
She wanted the box of Bonding fabric and the sewing machine saleslady was trying to explain to her that it wasn't for sale. She humphed and sighed as she moved her cart over next to mine.
I nodded to her, held up my number and said, "You might want to get one."
She thanked me.
She muttered to herself about the bonding fabric.
I suggested that she get what she needed from the ladies at the counter. They had bolts of it that sold by the yard. She seemed surprised.
I asked her if she was doing a lot of fusing. She looked surprised again.
I told her that she might want to consider using her %50 off coupon to buy a bolt of it.
She pondered on this.
We waited, the line not even moving forward because a group of three "church" ladies were debating the colors of purple fabric that they were buying. They wanted to have the bolts saved for the weekend sale. Couldn't be done, they were told. But, it's for a church. Nope.
The dialogue went on and on.
I asked my new line friend what she made with the fused fabric.
She said, "stuff".
I continued to smile at her, waiting for more information.
I asked her if she belonged to any fabric or art groups here in town.
There is probably nothing I enjoy more than drawing conversation out of somebody that doesn't want to talk.
"So, do you like the group?"
"I'm not sure, I'm new."
"Oh, new to town?"
"No, new to art."
"What kind of art do you like to do."
"A little of this and that."
"Do you know why I decided that I didn't want to belong to any of the big art groups here in town?"
"Because it drove me nuts how everybody was so closed mouth about their projects or how things were made or sharing of any techniques. This fear that something would be copied before they could get it out there to be sold or shown. This fear that if they gave any information at all they would have everybody running home to copy their technique. You know if I handed out used dryer sheets to twenty people I bet I would have at least 10 different art uses for them."
"Well, I don't like to share my projects or techniques because they are copyrighted."
I'm nice. I'm friendly but I also know when I'm beat. I know when somebody is more concerned with making an impression, some kind of impression that they aren't interested in just having a conversation.
I don't know how she fuses her fabric to some unknown substrate. I doubt that what ever it is is copyrighted. There have been a number of talented artists publishing books on the subject for the past five years. Give me a break.
That's why I LOVE the online community. I love the sharing, the openness, the suggestions, the thoughtful comments from my fellow artists, on line. I've met very talented people, in blog land that have graciously shared their techniques, pictures of their projects all with a confidence that teaching others is as important as creating.
I guess I'm a lot like Murphy. I like to be with like minded people. I like to be with artists, watching them, listening to them, sharing with them just as he likes to spend the day, playing with his doggie buddies. It would have been fun to have a new real time, art buddy.
So, I didn't show her the on sale Easter place mat that I found that had a border with different Easter eggs with cut out shapes, like boxes, squiggles, circles and stars. All, things that could easily be cut out of the place mat and used as heavy duty, easy to wash stencils for painting.
She missed out on that but you didn't. :)
:)Bea Remember your soul is happier when you are creating.
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