Why, exactly, are Klondike Bars so good? Why can't they make a dairy free version that is just as yummy? Curses. First, I love the good ol' fashion Klondike Bars (at least I did before I found out I'm allergic to dairy) and second, the popularity of the ice cream treat is tied to the catchy marketing campaign. Really, when there is that much exposure and a jingle that you sing all afternoon long...what do you crave? A Klondike Bar. They haven't aired those commercials in ages yet I still find myself singing the tune. How does that relate to Fiber Arts? Well...we need more exposure to our amazing community!
A few weeks ago I shared the gorgeous felted flower that Suzanne Higgs from Hooked on Felt created for me. I decided to adorn my favorite Gray jacket with this beautiful flower and I have been wearing it around town. I have also been using the sassy wet felted bag that Heather from Wool love functional art made me. (Yes, I am spoiled with these gifts and loving it)
I get so many compliments about my gorgeous flower and my sassy bag and I think about all of the other handmade fiber arts items I wear that expose the world to Fiber Arts. I wear something pretty much every day that I have knitted, has been knitted for me, been felted or woven. Yes, people are used to seeing knitted and crocheted goods but not felted and I find that I wear them with a slightly different attitude (Is it possible for me to be a bit more sassy? Of course, it is!). Most knitters assume it has been knitted then fulled to created the felted look. They don't realize that there is a whole world of felters that are making leaps and strides even in the fashion industry. Even more so, people just can't wrap their heads around the fact that someone made this gorgeous item. Do you mean they took raw wool and/or roving with a bit of soap and water and created that? Do you mean it wasn't created in a factory? Yikes!
With the flower, they are even more blown away that the artist lives right here in Southwest Michigan. So...how do we get the community to crave the Fiber Arts flavored Klondike Bar? We don't need to cover it with chocolate coated ice cream but...we do need to wear it proudly! We can't just let these beautiful creations sit in our studios or craft rooms and only wear them to events at the local yarn shop or at Fiber Festivals. We need to wear them out in public and not shy away when people ask about them or compliment them. For goodness sake, it isn't the renaissance dress that you bought on a whim only to be pulled out once a year for the next Renaissance Festival...it's a hand crafted item made with rock star skills. (Yes, I do have a complete outfit for when I attend renaissance festivals...Huzzah!)
Many people see these felted creations and ask if they are made out of Alpaca because they know I raise Alpacas. How do they know about the Alpaca? Because I am out there promoting myself and my farm everywhere I go. I created a farm name that is easily recognizable and have been fortunate to get some amazing press coverage from the local newspapers. They know who I am. I am the Klondike Bar...ok, maybe that is pushing it but you know where I'm going with this. It opens the conversation about all of the amazing fiber producing animals out there and Fiber Arts opportunities. People are amazed to know that there are so many farms in the area that raise fiber producing animals and that we have so many fiber festivals right here in Michigan because I tell them about it and give a mini-lecture when asked. You would be amazed how many people are curious about fiber arts but just didn't know who to ask or where to go...and that gorgeous flower resting on my lapel was the door that opened them to our world.
So...for this week's fiber arts adventure, I challenge you to be the Klondike Bar. Go out and share with the world around you the world of fiber arts. Wear your hand felted hat to the school basketball game or pull out your crochet and knitting at the PTA Meeting. I was knitting at a hockey game the other week. Take your drop spindle to the park or put your needle felted figure on your work desk. We have a love of fiber arts that should be shared with the world. Now...what were your Fiber Arts Adventures?
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