I got the most serendipitous visitor from the Sew Sisters Artists Guild Society in Cumberland, BC. I felt an instant sort of affinity to Andrew in his reclaimed wool sweater and the organic energy that seeped out of a pair of gentle eyes.
And that was well before he said something blush-worthy about the bags. I think his exact words may have been; "This stuff is one step off of couture". (I was just vain enough to feel more than just a little flattered.) But he wasn't here to blow smoke up my bobbin threader. Nope, it was gonna be bigger than that.
Andrew was thinking that maybe he could do something about the marketing end of the bags4darfur project. That maybe this stuff would work out in here:
From the Facebook page of Sewing Sisters I read today:
"He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist."
(St Francis of Assisi)
I was kind of pumped.
I imagined shipping a boxful at a time, and letting bags4darfur line up beside all those other peoples' art. We'd be like a big happy family, connected by vision, hope, determination.
So, if you have a moment, look up Sew Sisters Artists Guild Society. They've got a really cool thing going on, with community gardens, affordable living options, and art. Lots of art.
I'll meanwhile keep optimistic about my Etsy shop plans.
(I'm so excited!)