If you've read my new slogan on my website, you will notice the words immediately:
It's a vision I take quite seriously as a dyer and for my business. What does it mean? It means that every single skein of yarn I dye will be unique. It means that every colourway I create will be unique. It means that every knitted item created from my colourways will be unique.
The word unique runs through me daily and is a theme I take quite seriously when I'm creating colourways for everyone. However, every once in awhile, I have to sit back and re-assess my vision in the wake of comments such as "you dyed this wrong!" or "I'm so disappointed!" or "it's not what I expected!" or "there's too much white!" which, as a dyer, are very hard to hear but if you are open to listening to them will also teach you to re-affirm what your vision is.
I remember the early days of dyeing where I tried to dye yarns the way people might expect or the way that the commercial yarns were dyed because that's what I thought people wanted from me. Then one day, the light bulb went off and I freed myself from all these pre-conceived expectations. I'm an artist! If I'm an artist, how can I express myself if I'm busy trying to fulfill someone else's expectations? Isn't being an artist about expressing what is inside me? As a dyer who applies colour to a white canvas, how could that be different from what other artists do? It was at that moment that I let go of trying to fulfill other's pre-conceived expectations of what I was supposed to be and embraced the notion that I truly am an artist and that every skein I create is absolutely unique.
For those of you who get that, I thank you! You are my inspiration and in the face of the most recent negative comments, I have had the chance to re-affirm yet again that I am an artist and in so being one, I will remain committed to my vision of uniqueness. After all, for those who appreciate that side of my business and what I offer, it is what you come to me for. You are not expecting me to fulfill your expectations but rather, you are excited to see the creation that I send you so you have the pleasant experience to explore what I created.
If you've read this far, thank you! I'm humbled by all of you who support my artistic endeavours and for those who don't understand what unique means in terms of artistry, I truly hope that one day you will see the beauty of what is being done by handdyers everywhere.
So in the end, I'll leave you with a quote from Buddha that sums up very well what I am trying to say:
"If we could see the miracle of a single flower,
clearly our whole life would change."