I don’t think I have the words to express how thankful I am for my experience at the Swap-O-Rama-Rama at Maker Faire this weekend, but I’m going to try.
I was inspired by the creativity of my fellow SORR workshop teachers including Sonya of 100 Acts of Sewing teaching people how to sew a dress, Zipporah Ross helping people paint their clothing, Mandy McKenna teaching crochet from recycled t-shirts, and Andrea Nemerson helping people make bags from t-shirts and add funky recycled appliques.
I was inspired by the passion of other SORR staff and volunteers, working tirelessly to create something truly amazing, including founder Wendy Tremayne, organizer Erin Scholl, TrasHion show coordinater Eva Heule, volunteer Eryn Presley (even if having so many Erins around made it a little confusing!), and so many more.
I was inspired by the excitement of my workshop participants. I had multiple women tell me that this was their first time actually making something at Maker Faire and they thanked me for drawing them into the experience. I had one woman come up with such a creative solution to a broken zipper on her skirt that my jaw dropped and she thanked me for making her birthday fun. I had multiple women tell me that I inspired them to follow up on sewing at home after Maker Faire and they thanked me for the inspiration. To all of the women that participated and thanked me – thank you. Getting to teach something I’m passionate about, to share my skills, and to be appreciated is so exciting and makes me so thankful.
On Friday, I left my lab in tears because I was so frustrated and disheartened by my graduate research. On Saturday, I left Maker Faire in tears because I was so overcome with positive energy, creative inspiration, and pure blissful joy. I left thinking “this is my place, these are my people.” To everyone involved, thank you.