Explore your Creative Side through Community and Inspiration
HI ALISHA, CAN YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO OUR COMMUNITY AND TELL US MORE ABOUT THE EXPERIENCES THAT YOU OFFER THROUGH VERLOCAL?
Hey, my name is Alisha and I have recently opened a maker space for fiber arts. Anyone (I mean anyone… beginners, intermediate, women, kids and even men!) can come and take a class on weaving, dyeing, spinning, sewing, knitting etc. And it gets better… Want to keep getting your stitch on? The studio offers membership and day use for those who have acquired these types of skills through our workshops, others workshops or self-teaching, but need access to an abundant source of equipment and tools such as weaving looms, spinning wheels, drum carders, sewing machines and more.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST BECOME INSPIRED TO BEGIN THIS CREATUVE BUSINESS?
I was 17, wild haired, wearing 2 different colors of converse and more eyeliner than I should have been, and working in a sock store. Boy, can 10 years, some yarn and a set of knitting needles change A LOT in one’s life! After becoming engrossed with knitting, I dabbled in other fiber arts creating a deep yearning for “the whole package”. It’s been 2.5 years since the business idea developed for this “fiber makerspace” and less than a month since being open!
WHAT DOES YOUR PASSION MEAN TO YOU?
Everything! The creativity, and gratification acquired from these fiber arts and passing the experience along for others to have keeps me breathing. It’s the type of satisfaction that is hard to come by in the “average” world.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO PURSUE YOUR PASSION AND TEACH YOUR EXPERTISE?
When you love something so much, that you live it day in and day out (and I mean that literally…), there comes a time when your knowledge base is overflowing. What’s a better thing to do with that knowledge than sharing it with others? After I began my first teaching at an already established business, I quickly learned that not only was I made for knitting, but I was meant to teach it too! That’s when I decided it would become my “career”. At this point, I was 22 – talk about a wallflower amongst my peers.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE LINK BETWEEN YOUR CLASSES AND THE COMMUNITY AROUND YOU?
Socializing in a productive, creative way brings the community together on a level that is almost innate. Fiber arts are such a specific niche, that when a group of shared interest come together, bonds are formed and more creative energy is developed. Pow!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT/ BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT SINCE YOU STARTED TEACHING YOUR CLASSES.
My favorite moment…that happens fairly often and never loses its satisfaction, is when someone says, “Oh! I get it!” Seeing that light bulb go off for a student is the best. feeling. ever. in teaching!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE CLASS THEMES AND THE STORY BEHIND IT?
I love them all for all sorts of different reasons. Can’t choose just one. Sorry!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT/STORY YOU’VE HAD BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS?
I love it when a group of students feel really comfortable around each other and can open up – on a humorous, troublesome or encouragement level. When the group as a whole lets their guard down from being “polite”, or self-conscious, it opens up the doors to a more intimate, and fun class! And often times friendships.
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