Shop Talk, Live
I wanted to take a minute to sort of explain what the heck we have been doing over here (other than making some fly ass earrings).
Starting about a month ago, I began doing a live discussion on Instagram called Shop Talk. The idea came from the multitude of feelings that I was feeling after the onset of COVID-19.
Why am I making right now?
How do I feel ok pushing earrings on people when there is so much more MAJOR shit going on in the world?
Being on social media feels icky right now, but it's the main source of connection to the human world that I currently have.
Will I have a job next week?
Are we safe?
Is art important right now?
I'm still working, yet feel the "quarantine pressure" to create, how the hell do I do that when I don't have that forced break?!?!
Etc, etc, etc
I kept seeing so many makers, creatives, entrepreneurs, and small business owners talk about their feelings and so many of them were the same as mine, and so Shop Talk was born.
I wanted to find a way to allow makers to connect and empathize with one another, as well as humanize and connect with their following. I wanted there to be an open discussion between people, some who had never met before, to highlight the silver linings amongst the challenges that we are facing in the new normal.
I started of with my bestie, Bry from Killer B Vintage and went from there - the discussion rotates between pairs of makers every so often and tackles COVID, but also discussions beyond that because while Coronavirus affects us all, we are more than that, we are all more than what's happening right now. While I am often one half of the pair in the discussion, this ultimately isn't about me, it's about all of us and our differing and similar perspectives, about our collective voice, so many times the torch is passed to two other makers and hosted from their pages.
I want to thank everyone who has participated and who has taken the time to watch, it really means a lot. I've never put myself out there in this particular way and it was very far out of my comfort zone, but I think it kind of saved me during this time.
Keep an eye out on the website, FB, and IG for details on the upcoming Shop Talks, and if you'd like to participate, please holler at me via email or on IG.
Thanks again for showing up, it means the world to me.