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In 2015, after resigning from full-time job development work (for adults with intellectual disabilities,) (worked part-time as support asst in this field from April 2015 - May 2017,) I decided to enter into some sort of creative work that then developed in what you see on this web site. My initial intention was to offer practical work/learning assistance in the form of tutoring to adults with intellectual disabilities and then maybe add in creative and fun workshops.
I quickly realized that independent tutoring services of the kind that I had in mindwere not something that many parents of challenged adults would be looking to avail their adult children of on any sort of regular basis. This was, I figured, at least the case without my being attached to an agency and/or licensed through the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA.) I wanted to be independent of "state" and "agency," so I moved on from that idea.
But I'm nothing if not flexible and not easily deterred from my joy of expressing and sharing my creative and artistic passions with others and for myself. So next I considered and planned to offer classes through Montgomery County Dept. of Recreation, where I currently have workshops scheduled. It took a while to get my offerings published in "The Guide" and even when I did, enrollment was less than stellar and still is. (But I know any of you reading this who attended my workshops really enjoyed yourselves and told me so.) I also had high hopes for an ongoing weekly art-journaling summer workshop (and maybe beyond) at Plaza Art in Rockville, but, no, no interest there, even though Nadine, the manager there was very helpful and enthusiastic and the workshop was published in their paper guide and online and a notice was displayed in the store. I was told by a staff member that many other classes have had zero interest too and have been cancelled. So I guess I'm in good company. But I still want to offer workshops here and there and so I will find a way to do that. After the next two workshops scheduled for this summer, I have scheduled a 6-week (meets 6 times) Saturday afternoon class titled "Card & Paper Crafting w/Mixed Media." along with a 2-week (meets twice) Tuesday evening class for the same thing. If registration is what it has been, I may cancel the county workshops altogether. Class plans have to be scheduled for an entire year by May, so I submitted my plans for a similar 6 week and 2 week format for Winter and Spring 2018.
OK, so now I had to re-think this whole thing, but I am still not deterred, just changing direction a bit. I will continue to create and do my paper-crafting artsy-craftsy thing and am currently working on producing enough inventory of primarily greeting cards for sale; on this site, Facebook, Etsy and on Shopify and maybe some other online sites. There's lots of photography and writing content involved in doing this along with talking back and forth to tech people, (to say nothing of tons of scissor-cutting, die-cutting, slicing/dicing, glueing, sewing, (yes! paper and fabric play well together) drawing, painting, embellishing, embossing, coloring, stenciling, glittering, etc.,)so it will take some time for me to get things up and running. I also plan to sell my crafts in person at community events and markets and the like. And, I almost forgot: I plan to produce some instructional/informational videos for YouTube and I've practiced a bit, but I'm not yet ready for "prime time." LOL!....and I plan to look for some steady cash-flowing part-time work again too. Whew!
So I hope all of you interested readers will stay tuned and thanks for your support!
What I did before....
Prior to entering into this arts and crafts venture, my most recent formal working background in the last six years until this May, was as a community support assistant to adults with intellectual disabilities with 2 of those years as a job developer for same. Additional work background includes community mental health support In Florida and Maryland (non-licensed. ) While living in Florida from 1993 - 2008, I worked in a variety of community service and clerical/admin positions. I completed my BA in Communication 2001, finally! (I graduated from high school in 1975...so you can do the math if you like) from University of South Florida and MS in Psychological Studies (Community Mental Health focus) 2007 from Nova Southeastern University, Tampa Campus. Prior to completing my degrees, I took classes at Northern Virginia Community College, (where I took many art classes,) Hillsborough Community College and Kent State University, Warren campus (while living briefly in Ohio.)
About Creative Resources & Support and....me.
Art classes I have taken:
Drawing 1,2, 3
Design 1, 2
Modeling: live figure