I had to take a moment and share a personal story behind the flea. God knows I have zero time because I’m drawing plans, posting classes and generally trying to tie down every loose end, but I’m just so proud of a friend of mine. Jai is a great guy- he’s an accomplished computer nerd and always calls me “Nancy” and I’m still not sure why. But I love it. One day not long ago, we were at his house, sipping on some whiskey and he was “doodling” as he called it. I was blown away by these beautiful drawings he had made with only one pen and his imagination, as a quiet activity that encouraged him to slow down and find some time to create. He had dozens of these sketches, with patterns that I could never even dream of. Despite the fact that I’m pretty creative, I’m not a talented artist and I’m horrible at sketching. People like Jai (and many others at the Flea) inspire me to be better at it, but normally I just look in awe at them and move on to my next project.
We encouraged Jai to realize that these drawings could have a life of their own, and he could be more active in making art, something I think he’s always been passionate about but never had time to pursue. He’s got such a creative spirit and talent for doing things the right way. I’m pretty sure I badgered him, but I really wanted him to take the plunge, quit his job, become an artist and transform his life. Sound familiar? So instead of that, he dived straight into producing these lovely stars, candles and lanterns all decorated with these gorgeous squiggles.
One of the best parts about the story is that he involves his two young sons, and they think of his art as a game. He sketches onto small (maybe 1.5″x1.5″) squares of white card stock, one square at a time, connecting each one to another until the canvas is complete. From what I can remember, that is about 30-40 squares of magical drawing dancing across each pieces and finding its way to another. It’s amazing.
I couldn’t be more proud of him as he prepares for his first of many Flea Markets, I’m sure. And I welcome all my artists (and wanna be artists) to shoot for the stars, because you just might end up making it.
See you at the Flea!