This past Thursday I held my very first Art is for Everyone Tutorial. I taught ten of the residents how to make paracord bracelets.
Trying to corral and hold the attention of ten guys definitely reminded me deeply of the four and five year olds that I work with on Sundays, and we even had a little peanut gallery that stuck around to watch and comment.
But after everyone dived into their own project and got braiding, they became quite absorbed.
It was so rewarding to watch everyone chat, bond and make something together.
I threw out a few fun facts about Chinese knot-tying and the many uses of paracord.
After everyone held up their survival bracelets triumphantly, we segued into an evening on the front lawn toasting s'mores.
My talents may be artistic, but my passion lies in not only creating beautiful things but in helping others make something that is meaningful to them. Not everyone can verbalize what it is that they want to see or say. I enjoy asking questions, building a relationship and then piecing together their flavor so that together we can create a tribute to what is best in them. The most rewarding experience in the world for me is to be able to help someone who is lost for words, and then being able to hand them something and say,
“This is what you wanted, isn’t it?”