As I planned for 2017, I was asked the question “Who, living or dead, imaginary or real, inspires you? Who would I have as my board of adviser’s?”. Who inspires you to take it to the next level? When thinking about setting out on this adventure, the following people came to the forefront. (In no particular order)
Mark Lipinski http://marklipinski.com/
Mark Lipinksi, everyone’s favorite “Cupcake”! Although he is not a knitter, he is still important. As his says, “My life is just a series of awkward and humiliating moments separated by snacks.” He is a joy to hear and often says what I wish I had the nerve to say. He would be the one to tell me to be authentic, stop worrying what others thought, and eat the frosting first.
Marly Bird http://www.marlybird.com/
Marly is the national spokesperson for RedHeart yarn. I was not familiar with her until her grandmother and aunt told me about her in my day job (Library). Creatives are often told about a cousin, brother, or family member that also create in a said medium. In this case, I only wish I had heard of her sooner. Her podcast brightens my day, makes me laugh and motivates me to continue creating.
Alice Starmore https://www.virtualyarns.com/
She was masterful. Her work beyond compare. Amazing. I can only aspire to be half the fiber artist she personifies.
Meg Swanson and Elizabeth Zimmermann http://www.schoolhousepress.com/
Meg Swanson and Elizabeth Zimmermann. Mother and daughter knitting heroes. Elizabeth is considered the American guru of knitting. She took something she instinctively knew how to do, made it accessible and shared it with the masses. Her daughter and granddaughter continue that legacy today.
Kaffee Fasset http://www.kaffefassett.com/
One word: “Color”
Mary Walker Phillips http://cprhw.tt/p/2AukR/
Mary Walker Phillips helped take knitting into the world of fine art. She showed that it was possible to be creative and expressive with simple needles and yarn. That it simply was “more”.
So there you have it. Seven people that help keep my creative juices flowing. Who would be on your list?