By: Sara Anderson, Textiles West Summer 2018 Dye Garden Intern
Would you believe me if I told you I had never heard of Textiles West when I first received a voicemail from them about their dye garden project?
It went down like this:
I found myself once again on break at my part time job shoveling in as many dried mangoes as possible (can’t. get. enough.) in the 15 minutes allowed when I noticed I had a new voicemail. Without missing a beat on my priority task of mango popping, I soon heard the chipper voice of Melanie Audet, Textiles West program director, informing me that this is their first year with a dye garden…
Okay, so there was a little behind the scenes work done before this seemingly out of the blue message was received.
I’ve decided this year to create my world around me as much as possible. This means shaping my outside environment to suit my inner self rather than shaping myself to suit my outside environment. So, to fill the 1 elective credit I needed for my minor, I decided to dream up my perfect internship rather than choose a prefabricated class from a list.
In a nutshell, my dream included learning to grow, harvest, store, and use natural plant dyes. I knew there had to be someone or some organization that knew how to do this and would be willing to teach me, but I didn’t know who it was or where they were (hiding in plain sight).
So, I wrote all my requirements down, arranged them into a somewhat professional appearance and sent my request out into the Universe. And when I say Universe, I mean as many artist collectives and yarn shops as I could find in Colorado Springs.
Textiles West heard the call and the best part is… they called me back!
When we give ourselves a chance to have what it is we want, we just might get it.
Now it’s your turn.
Ask yourself what it is that you want to create in your life. Maybe you already know. It could be something as simple as rearranging your furniture or reconnecting with an old friend. Maybe you’re like me and want to pick up some knew skills such as sewing or dyeing. Link to some upcoming classes here. Or maybe you’re thinking bigger picture like starting your own business.
Whatever it is, I encourage you to create the world around you as much as possible. Give yourself a chance, even if you have no clue how it’s going to work out.