Clearly, workshops are intended to teach the participants a skill or technique. If you come to learn how to make stretch bracelets, you will leave with the ability to do so. And even the materials if you want.
But the question is what have I learned? And what have I learned that I never thought I would learn?
When people walk into an LBJ workshop for the first time, they’re a little stargazed …here I am. I’m here for the workshop. They look around kind of bewildered - there are thousands of beads - hundreds of thousands of beads - who knows how many beads!
But it’s not simply a matter of picking a strand of beads and putting it on to stretchy cord. So much more happens, and that’s what I didn’t realize.
The creative space is magic and freeing. When you get a group of people together to make something and be creative together, it’s very special. And when you add in the fact that we’re surrounded by crystals which lend their own power to the mix -- it’s just a lot of fun on top of everything.
It takes people a good few minutes to settle in. There’s a creative time built in which is when everybody walks around and gets used to the possibilities. Walls and bins and drawers of beads! All with colors and shapes and textures - an infinity of possibilities. This is the magic an artist deals with all the time. It is overwhelming if you’re not used to it - and it's simply wonderful.
I've met so many of my new neighbors in these fun workshops. Some who want to see how it's done and get on with it - making a few quick bracelets before they leave. Some who spend a lot of time and focus on one design creating something one of a kind and special - with a real emphasis on color and artistry. And some people don’t want to do anything like what’s been laid out - even to the point of rejecting the whole thing. Can we make something other than a Bracelet? This just makes me smile - cause that would be me for sure :)
The creative space is magic and freeing - and it doesn't take much. When you get a group of people together to make something and be creative together, it’s very special. And when you add in the fact that we’re surrounded by crystals which lend their own power to the mix -- it’s just a lot of fun on top of everything.
Hoping that more and more people will learn what we’re doing at LBJ and come join us. We're just getting started.
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