In the past I have recommended a book called Creative Entrepreneur that marries visual journaling and business planning. The author, artist/MBA/therapist Lisa Sonora Beam, offered a 2-day workshop in Berkeley last weekend--"How to Be a Gorgeous Genius, Finding and Following Your Bliss with a Wayfinding Toolkit"--and it turned out to be just what I needed to help me move forward as I develop Feral Knitter, the business.
There were eight of us in the workshop, held in a lovely Zen center in Berkeley. We all had different backgrounds and interests, but the feeling was one of uncritical support.
Unlike the inspiration journals and the minijournals (and here) that I use for project planning, the journaling we did in the workshop was in response to prompts Lisa gave us. The simple act of painting, cutting, and pasting was enormously freeing and deeply involving. The atmosphere was respectful--because our journals are intensely personal, Lisa created a safe environment free from comments, crosstalk, or advice. (You will notice that the picture of my journal that I placed at the top of this post shows an unfinished page, just the starting point for one of my explorations.)
The information in the workshop can, for the most part, be found in Creative Entrepreneur, but the experience of the retreat added a dimension that I needed. Permission? Tools? Lisa's inspired questions?I'm hard pressed to define it. I can say, however, that I came away feeling a new level of confidence about my life as an artist and a fledgling businesswoman.
I highly recommend adding Lisa's blog to your regular reading if you find your creative life stalling at any point, and her book (shelved, oddly, in the Craft section of the bookstore) is definitely worth purchasing. I personally love how its red-violet spine looks on the bookshelf....
One of the difficulties facing knitters who want to design their own stranded colorways is the problem of accurate color displays on computer monitors and the expense of ordering full balls of colors to sample with.
Ta-da! Introducing 20-yard miniskeins for sampling:
$2 each. You can try three different shades of, say, blue for about the cost of a single ball!
FeralKnitter.com isn't yet up and running (soon, soon, my dears! e-commerce is so much more involved than I'd anticipated), but if you'd like to purchase miniskeins or balls of Jamieson Spindrift, please drop me a line at janine DOT bajus AT sbcglobal DOT net.