With only a few day to go until I board a plane to Italy, the question has come up A LOT when people ask where I am going and whether or not it is a vacation, work and if I am excited.
"So, what do you do for a living?"
It is such a simple yet complicated answer and I feel like I go into a tap dance trying to explain what it is that I do. My "go to" answer is that " I teach art" but recently when I really explained what that meant (as in, stitching, stamp carving, Mixed Media, etc.) then my answer was followed up with the question: "Well then, is that considered art?"
Honestly, I do not remember how I answered that because I was just baffled. While it is not Leonardo Da Vinci or Van Gogh art, it is art. I guest more like "Arts & Crafts" because in general, people think of what I do is make and teach crafts which most look at as a hobby.
I am going to be working on a good way to talk about what it is that I do while I am gone to Italy teaching how to make crafts (ok, I am being sassy) and what I am also going to do is take a photo of the over 100 lbs. of supplies that I am taking with me and then photos of what it all turns into.
Taking one thing (or a bunch of things) and creatively turning it into another is what I call teaching art and I am blessed, grateful and excited to travel near and far to do just that.