At the Michaels Makers Summit we were able to do craft projects - macrame, bracelets, invitations, mixed media, and watercolor. One hundred creative women doing the same projects.
The 2nd thing I learned at the summit - Keep your head down. Literally. Not the idiom of trying to lay low and not be noticed. But keep your head down when your're working on a project and not notice the work of someone else. The thing is, when you're among your peers you might have the tendency to look up and start comparing your work to theirs. But at one point I realized that I kept my head down and concentrated on my own work until I was done. Then I looked up and saw all the wonderful work of others around me. I was relieved that I hadn't looked up earlier because it might have hindered my creative experience. Might have made me second guess myself. Might have me change what I was doing.
You never find out who you are creatively when you are worried about what everyone else is doing. Or comparing yourself. Or copying someone else. Or being uptight.
Instinctively I've been keeping my head down for a long while. It wasn't until at the summit, after I finished my project then looked up, and saw so much talent that it clicked for me that it was a great habit to have. So the next time you're in a group of people working on something - Keep Your Head Down - and concentrate on finding what's inside you.
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