Meet The Maker…

 

Since we’re doing this, I figured it would be best to start with myself! The maker and creator of Workshop Wednesdays.

First thing to know about me, other than maybe my name, Crissy, is that I really am not a big blogger person. I’ve always enjoyed the idea of it but once I start typing I’m like…delete…delete…delete…close window…go for a walk…do anything else. That damn inner voice!

But as it goes with most things, I try to do the things I want to do and power through the uncomfortable parts. Putting myself out there into the world of the internet kinda freaks me out but I’m learning this year that vulnerability is actually more of a strength than a weakness.

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Workshop Wednesdays started as an outlet for myself. I always find that when I’m stuck in a rut, creativity pulls me out. I used to think that you had to be talented to be creative and there was a lot of pressure I put on myself growing up to find my inner artist. I knew I liked being creative but I never saw myself as an “artist”. I didn’t paint or draw or do graphic design. As much as I wanted to and as hard as I tried, my insecurities around art kept getting worse. Then one day when I was grieving the death of a friend, I picked up a knife…(sounds ominous)…and I started cutting. Paper. I started paper cutting. I didn’t know what I was doing or even what I was thinking but it turned out to be so therapeutic for me. I’ve been paper cutting ever since. It’s been about 10 years now. Woah did not even realize that until just now.

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I went ham one year and tried to push my art as my full time job and boy was that revealing. It was fun at first but eventually it turned into something I absolutely hated. What made paper cutting so enjoyable and therapeutic soon flew out the window and I stopped cutting completely for almost 6 months. My mind was a mess.

Eventually the joy of it came back when I started doing it again for myself and not for the money. It’s crazy how when you shift what is valuable to you, it changes your entire being. Even if I didn’t make it as a full time artist (which I never really wanted to be anyways), I feel fulfilled because of why I do it. I do it because I love it.

And that leads me to Workshop Wednesdays. I wanted to incorporate everything about my creative side into a tangible, shareable thing. I love to try new things, I love to learn, I love to craft, I love to use my hands, I love interactive things, I love to connect with people and I love doing things I feel good about. That’s pretty much all Workshop Wednesdays is.

When I started WW I had no idea what to expect and I had no big plans for it. I just wanted to host events that highlighted influential parts of my growth and to share that with other people .

Crafting has helped me grow.

Meeting like-minded individuals has definitely impacted my life.

Going out of your comfort zone and trying new things is the epitome of growth.

So here I am, constantly learning and growing and sharing that with people the best way I know how - through action. So stay tuned for the ever growing life of Workshop Wednesdays. I get so overwhelmed by it sometimes, trying to make it awesome all the time but then I remember why I started it and it brings me back to reality. I do it because I love it. I love making nice things with nice people.

I don’t know what will come of it but I am really excited by the idea of it.

 
 
Cristina Tioseco