I don't know when this happened. This amazing community of crafters! Not just crafters, but indie crafters. I am in love with them. I like community, who doesn't. I have to say becoming part of the specialty coffee community was great, amazing, and inspiring....4 years ago. The past 2 years I have found myself disenchanted with the coffee community. Drama, rumors, bitterness, competitiveness, and humorless. You cannot take yourself so seriously when you are knowledgeable. I have tried to keep in mind that this is not everyone, but even so I find that it has been a long time since I have been around other coffee people who do not have to have the last word or correct everything that comes out of my mouth. I am tired of this exchange.
Captain Planet only came into existence when all 5 elements put their rings together (he has the best green mullet ever by the way). Everyone wants to be the super hero, but no one realizes that it takes a team (of politically correct ethnically diverse) people to make a green mulleted spandex loving super hero.
So now that I have made this insanely loose analogy let me discuss the indie craft community. They probably have drama, bitches, and competitiveness, but all I felt was acceptance and camaraderie. Other crafters wanted to tell me tips, look at my work, barter, and just be generally helpful. It was refreshing and would have been super amazing had it not been 95 degrees. But even so please go check out JJ's flickr which either has or will have pix up very soon.
It was a great experience and I will be doing more in the future. I will be missing the rest of the season in Brooklyn, but I will definitely do more shows next season and if there are any indoor winter fairs I will be sure to take part in one.
I do have hopes that I will be reinvigorated by my old coffee friends when I move. I will be looking at Ninth Street, Grumpy, Gimme, Stumptown, and I also might get a full time design job and see how that goes. I am not sure what I want yet.