Tuesday, March 24, 2009
This morning I took part in a focus group organized by fellow craftsperson Brenda Stratton who is working on a project for the Craft Council of NL. The discussion centered around skills assessment: what skills and/or resources are important to the emerging craftsperson in the start-up stage of their business. I think one of the best ideas we came up with was the need to have a directory or guide to help launch craftspeople who are at the beginning of their career. I always enjoy participating in these workshops - the great brainstorming that happens, the opportunity to talk through concerns with folks who are in the same boat. There is always lots of passion, important discussion of the nuts and bolts, as well as some philosophical dialogue about why we have chosen to do what we do as small producers of craft and culture.