For some time now I've been wanting to share my ideas, images, processes, lifestyle, and so much more.
For me, this is a way to really pull some stuff out of my head and let it sit somewhere else for a minute. I also love the idea of setting time aside for myself to get down on a pint of ice cream and write. I'm not worried about who reads this, if anyone at all, and I certainly am no writer. It's just.. a thing.
I have been encouraged to share my words through my desire to spread some Flying Monkey love. Flying Monkey Arts is the community that we call home. In this first blog entry I would like to share our experience of becoming a part of the FlyMo community and how we moved forward on our creative path as a result.
In 2010, very shortly after Tim moved down here in Alabama to be with me, a good friend told us to visit Karma Rags at FlyMo. It was one of our most important visits in our lives. We met Cheryl, the 'radical and independent' owner of K-Rags, and were blown away by the humbling kindness we were shown. Meeting Cheryl was very much so a game changer and a big bright shining light that has never faded away. Soon after, we began setting up regularly at the Saturday Artist Market and were given another purpose to keep creating. At this time, we were both making hats on a much smaller scale than today. We were later approached with the opportunity to become shop owners and rent space on the floor. After we made the move, our creative process continued to grow and I eventually came across the sewing machine. Another opportunity appeared to further my skills and I was taught by a wonderfully talented seamstress how to get those stitches goin. Since then Tim and I have both have embraced our environment to grow and learn ways to express our individual creative process. Many many wonderful things have happened since becoming a part of the Fly Mo family.
With the help and positive presence of this amazing collective of forward motion folks, we were swept away on a wave of growth and skill building. Not only has it been an outlet to further ourselves as crafters, but also as active members of a working society. We are forever grateful to be apart of this thing.
So if you ever find yourself down yonder in the Heart of Dixie, please take the time to explore the mystical wonders of Flying Monkey Arts. The thanks, praises, experiences, and feelings towards this place could be expressed endlessly. All in all, you've got to come get a piece of it yourself.
More to come on FlyMo. I look forward to sharing about individual shops in the community and my favorite things about them. More rambles to come about whatever my head may want to ramble about. Thanks for reading. Until next time, shine on.