3 reasons why I host and you can too!
Today, I am going to share a secret with you! As many of you know, I have been hosting workshops now for about 5 years now, plus teaching and mentoring artists for many more. Over the years, my interest in Interior design and the fine arts led me to create a textile line. I found myself wanting more time to dedicate to the development of my textile practice and work out in my sunny garden studio...which is when I discovered workshop hosting and I want to share it with you. Below, am going to tell you 3 reasons why I host workshops and why I think you should host workshops too.
One awesome reason to host workshops is the income that you can generate from Day 1. At first, the income started off smaller, but I still made a nice profit! I tested the market to find out more about what I could charge. Next, I did a little research to to see what other similar people were charging. Now, I create a valuable experience around what I'd like to earn. Hosting a few workshops has earned me additional thousands monthly. Some offshoots of workshop hosting are private lessons, pop-ups, small group privates, corporate workshops, and brand collaborations. Now, I find my self only committing to the workshops that I really want to teach, and when it is in line with what I currently earn from my expertise. Earning more can give you the funds to explore your art form along with the freedom of having your time back, which is very important.
Just 3 years ago, I held my first Indigo Shibori workshop. Shibori is a Japanese an art form that has captivated me for many years. I first fell in love with the spontaneous nature of the patterns. Along with indigo and the varying shades of natural blue that arise from the dye vat after multiple dips.
At that time, I felt like I was stuck on a hamster wheel of hourly teaching commitments, with little to no time to practice my chosen art form, except on the weekends. Have you ever felt that way? Like your time is so limited? If so, I truly believe that hosting in-person workshops, is one way to get more time to practice and study what interests you. When you teach and prepare a workshop, you grow and discover new things about the medium.
Not only will you grow from workshop hosting, but you will inspire others. It feels really good to share something that I have devoted my time to learn and practice. You will find all sorts of people to inspire, from those that need a creative outlet from their jobs to other artists. I love it when other textile designers take my class. I think it's so awesome that we can inspire each other. About a year ago, a group of 3 friends had attended a pop-up of mine. A few months later, she was dyeing things in her kitchen using avocados as dye. The next month, she and her friends purchased my Shibori Kit. Later they reportedly up-cycled a good portion of their whites in their wardrobe. I love to hear stories like this because it means that something I shared, made someone think differently about their clothing and in this way expanded their world view. Isn't that amazing? I genuinely believe that each of us has something wonderful to share and that is exactly what we are here to do.
The Next steps...
If earning more income, growing your skill set, and inspiring others sounds just perfect to you! Then, I would love to share with you the Creator's Path. This page is dedicated to helping creatives launch their best workshops in 2020 and beyond. Be the first to learn all tips and strategies about how to start and grow your workshop business when you sign-up to grab your freebie below. I really can't wait to get others started on this road to success from the beginning. I will be sharing everything that I know, including some shortcuts, so you get to benefit from all of my trials and learning!
This year has brought a lot of adventure and new opportunities. So now, it's time for a quick look back over the past 12 months. I always write and reflect, right around this time of year, Thanksgiving time on the horizon, yet right before the big/huge holiday boom. One reason that I love doing this, is to measure my growth as and artist, and secondly to prove that in a year's time a lot can be accomplished. As small business owners, it's important to remember that. We often set goals and (hopefully) focus on the metrics and milestones that we are going for. Whether you set weekly, monthly goals, or annual goals. I would like to hear how more about how you do it!
As I mentioned before, you really can accomplish a lot one year. I am so grateful for all the new opportunities that keep coming my way. I truly believe that gratitude is the quickest way to magnetize all that you want to you, and keep it showing up! I hope this recap will inspire you with your creative business goals to focus on gratitude and see what shows up for you.
I am so proud to share that brand collaborations reached new heights this year!
1. Our custom indigo t-shirt workshop at Vince
2. Indigo and Aromatherapy custom eye-pillows at Jenni Kayne in Brentwood
3. Our custom indigo textiles workshop at Herman Miller for the team of architects and designers
4. Offering a Bandhani workshop in collaboration with a textile school, Somaiya Kala Vidya featuring artisans from the Kutch region of Gujarat, India
5. Expansion of my private workshop offerings in our Miracle Mile, dye garden. This included teaching textiles to guests from all over the region.
6. Hosted a batik workshop instructed by artist, Lindsey Fouts of Last Chance Textiles
7. Botanical dye workshops: collaborations with aromatherapist Flin Grant of Art of Essentials and another Natural Dye and Embroidery class with fiber artist, Lori Zimmerman.
8. Hosted my first sample sale on Instagram
9. The launched my first linen kimono style jackets. Using hand dyed-linen and batik collars.
and for #10, I will share a personal accomplishment. I know I mentioned last year, how much my mindfulness practice was helping to guide me in my business as an independent artist. This year, I expanded that practice through formal yoga training. I am now a certified 200 hour to yoga teacher working on my 500 hour certification with Yogaworks! I'm not sure exactly how I will weave it all in, but I am excited to see how 2020 unfolds.
I would love to see you all just before the holidays as I am showing at 2 fantastic events this year. One is the Modern Artisan Market at Platform in Culver City see details below! The other is a curated Holiday gift event in Pasadena, please RSVP for all the details.
Last but not least, if by some chance you are up in Seattle as I know some of you natural dye lovers are, then please join me at Renegade, Seattle at Magnusson Park on December 14th & 15th.
To see my Top 10 List from last year, please check it out, as it's fun to see where I was at this time last year. If you have not taken a creative workshop with me, then please plan on attending one in 2020. Our Winter/Spring 2020 workshop schedule is coming out soon! If this post inspired you some way please comment below with your current goal or achievement. Don't be afraid to grab note pad and start jotting down your goals for 2020.
How did you get started working with the medium of wax batik?
It was actually a candle making project that led me to batik. I made beeswax candles as Christmas presents one year, and we had some left over wax. I found the wax medium so satisfying to work with, I decided to explore what else could be done with it. I was already working with fabric dyeing and painting around that time so it just made sense to experiment by incorporating the leftover wax into my process.
What kind of designs inspire you the most?
I’m inspired by textile designs from other mediums, like traditional quilting patterns, for example. I start thinking about how they could be put through the lens of batik. The batik adds so much organic texture, it is exciting to see how even very simple patterns can be transformed.
How do you create all of your designs?
Once you have penciled in a design on white fabric, you can begin applying hot melted wax to the surface. (We'll explore several application tools and techniques in the class.) Next, the entire waxed piece is submerged into a dye bath. The areas that have wax will remain white and everything else will be dyed- this is when you start to see the design come to life. The most exciting stage comes at the very end; it isn't until the wax is completely removed from the fabric that you can see the final effect and appreciate all the sparkling details.
What are the most fun applications for batik? Once you know the basics, what can you do with it?
So many possibilities, but I’ll just list a few: Batik is a great way to breath life back into old clothing or fabrics. The residual wax left in the fabric creates beautiful glow when used as a window or lamp treatment. It can be a fun project to share with children as the tactile process is a fun way to learn the concept of working in resist. Finally, as a fine-art medium- batik has a lot of possibilities- for example you can choose to leave some wax in the cloth to create a malleable material for sculpture.
What exciting discoveries have you seen unfold during your batik workshops?
The wax medium is very responsive to an individual's hand and the application can be manipulated in countless ways. Because of these unique properties, I have never seen two people's batiks look the same, even though we are all using the same set of tools! It is exciting to see how many different results and styles are revealed at the end of class.
I hope you enjoyed this brief interview with Lindsey. I can't wait to learn new wax resist techniques from her in just a few short weeks, maybe even up-cycle a few pieces of clothing with that new knowledge. I have been very into, creating a custom wardrobe these days, and workshops like this, only serve to further inspire me. You can follow more of her work @lastchancetextiles. Be sure to stay in the loop about workshops and other textile related info my signing up to receive monthly updates below!
HI, I'M HILARY.
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