Ever been to a seminar and when you come back to the office or home, you’re ready to change everything? Yep! That’s your brain tingling with inspiration. When you’re inspired from inside and actually do something with it, you’re experiencing intrinsic motivation. It’s the best kind of motivation because it leads you down a path that is natural for you, capturing your internal enthusiasm.
I’m not talking about the ‘what’s in it for me?’ type of motivation. That’s transactional where both sides get what they need/want. And sometimes it seems a little one-sided anyway, right? Having said that, it’s practical and necessary for day to day life.
Intrinsic motivation stems from the meaningfulness of the work you do. You are driven by what you yearn to do even if there is no reward or compensation. –Tom Rath
But wait! I do want a reward! I want to be recognized or sell some of my work or have students sign up for my class or receive the ‘Best in Show’ award or be juried into the exhibit. All true. But those are outcomes from what you did. You can’t do recognition (sorry, social media). You must do the work.
Do the work.
So, where do you start? Be inspired and let that inspiration feed your imagination. Learn from others about how to be excellent and bring your imagination to life.
Workshops and classes offer a way to learn about different viewpoints on the same topic. Attending talks or lectures is another great way to learn about the personal journeys of people in your field of inspiration. Join a group. For me, I love reading articles and books as a first place to research ideas.
To aid in unleashing your intrinsic motivation, I created a starter list. I researched arts centers, shops, folk schools, museums and individuals in the Midwest that teach and/or exhibit fiber arts. The links go to their workshop (and exhibit) calendars depending on the place.
This list is a work in progress; I’ll keep adding to it. Use it as a guide for opportunities as a student, teacher and potential exhibitor/vendor. I hope it will get you started. You will know when you are ‘Best in Show’.
The above photo is of Terry Lichtenfelt, preparing for a wet felting workshop at the Baraboo Arts Building in 2018. In the newsletter, the photo was incorrectly captioned as Christy Skuban. Thanks, Terry, for quickly sending me the correct info!
Textile Center Minneapolis, MN
White Bear Center for the Arts White Bear Lake, MN
Watermark Art Center Bemidji, MN
The Crossing Arts Alliance Brainerd, MN
Great River Arts Little Falls, MN
New York Mills Cultural Center New York Mills, MN
Sievers School of Fiber Arts Washington Island, WI
Madeline Island School of the Arts La Pointe, WI
Indianapolis Arts Center Indianapolis, IN
Ohio Arts Council Columbus, OH
Grand Marais Art Colony Grand Marais, MN
Interlochen Center for the Arts Traverse City, MI
Octagon Center for the Arts Ames, IA
Fineline Creative Arts Center St. Charles, IL
Minnesota Center for Book Arts Minneapolis, MN
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Kalamazoo, MI
Edina Art Center Edina, MN
Minnetonka Center for the Arts Orono, MN
Cultural Arts Center Columbus, OH
Morgan Conservatory: Art of Papermaking Cleveland, OH
Paper Circle Nelsonville, OH
The Dairy Barn Arts Center Athens, OH
John Michael Kohler Arts Center Kohler, WI
Phipps Center for the Arts Hudson, WI
Mary Luckhardt Klemm
Michigan Fiber Festival
Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival
Fargo Fiber Festival
Manitoba Fibre Festival
Fiber in the Park
North Country Fiber Fair
Northern Michigan Lamb and Wool Festival
North Star Farm Tour
There are many more festivals throughout the year, click here for a much bigger list. The festivals listed above are still to come in 2019.
Northeast Iowa Weavers and Spinners Guild
Weavers Guild of MN
Madison Knitters Guild
Minnesota Contemporary Quilters
Milwaukee Art Quilters
Lakeshore Modern Quilt Guild
Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild
Minnesota Needlework Guild
Missouri Fiber Arts (MoFA)
Fiber Guild of Kansas City
American Needlepoint Guild
Michigan League of Handweavers
National Basketry Organization
Midwest Weavers Association
Vesterheim Folk Art School Decorah, IA
North House Folk School Grand Marais, MN
Ely Folk School Ely, MN
Driftless Folk School La Farge, WI
Shake Rag Alley Mineral Point, WI
Villages Folk School Keosauqua,IA
Duluth Folk School Duluth, MN
The Clearing Folk School Ellison Bay, WI
Dillman’s Bay Resort Minocqua, WI
Porcupine Mountains Folk School Ontonagon, MI