Suzanne, Orchid is my mentor. Before I subscribed to Orchid I had
many ideas but I was like a person who jumped out of an airplane
into the ocean. I wanted to swim for shore but didn’t know the
direction to go to reach land quickly without drowning in my vast
sea of ideas.
Orchid helped me to narrow my goals. Before Orchid I wanted to make
one of a kind pieces and sell them so I could afford to make more
one of a kind pieces. Orchid is comprised of individuals who
answered my questions.
Because they were there to guide me I found out where to find shows
to apply to and find a source to have slides taken for juried shows.
I was given advice to help me choose a tent and how to keep it from
blowing away. I got help in choosing a display, making it
attractive, keeping cool at hot summer Art Fairs, how to price my
items and setup a system for accepting charge cards.
Four years ago I loaded everything up and went to my first Art Fair
to sell. Within the first hour a lady asked to see a piece, looked
it over and wrote me a check for the $98 price I had put on it. I
was completely blown away by this. Just a few weeks ago I did my
last outdoor show of the summer. There were 100 artists there and I
won Best of Show. Again I was flabbergasted!!
On my own living in the middle of Iowa without teachers or mentors
of any kind to guide me I would never have accomplished this. The
individuals on Orchid have been my only source of inspiration and
guidance except the books and periodicals I subscribe to. The
individuals on Orchid gave me confidence in that I suddenly was a
member of a group. These people had gone ahead and cut a path for me
and in their way called out to me to get up and come along. If you
crash and burn on occasion, so what, we all have. We are there to
pick you up and encourage you to try again.
Some valuable insight I gained from individuals on Orchid. I’m not
alone in feeling at times very afraid to go down to my basement shop
and try to be creative. I’m not the only one who has procrastinated
by getting hung up on buying tools or lusting after tools and
supplies I didn’t have and using that as an excuse to not get busy
and make things.
All the individuals on Orchid that helped my in a multitude of ways
have been standing behind me giving me the courage to stand up to
one person near to me who said to me that my “little jewelry hobby
was a joke”. The fact is I didn’t stand up to that person, I just
cast that comment aside as one person who didn’t understand and
forged ahead. It made all the difference to know that many many many
others just like me are out there and I have a place to go to ask
for their support and it’s unselfishly given.
The one thing that ties us all together is Orchid and it’s creator,
Hanuman. To say thanks just isn’t enough. I gladly send a donation
once or twice a year, but I always feel that isn’t enough either.