Today we’d like to introduce you to Sylvia Lewis.
Hi Sylvia, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I am an avid longtime lover of all Arts and Crafts. My creativity was “sparked” in 1st grade when the teacher added my “art” to the bulletin board…lol. I have always had an interest in creating with fabric, paper, and mixed media. I had the opportunity to participate in local craft shows throughout the San Diego area for over 35 years. In 2011 I retired from my “9-5” job as a medical administrator. 2013 I wanted to continue to stay active in the Crafting Community, so with a good background in craft show vending, I created some social media network groups, which include Facebook- Craft Show Vendors, SD Craft & Vendor Show Listings. in 2018 I became an independent designer, and I wanted to further my love for crafting by sharing my creativity, so I started offering craft workshops at home, brewery, winery, and craft stores. I created a group on Facebook for makers that were interested in crafting with others and learning new craft techniques, inspiration and just having fun online. 2020 the Pandemic & my own personal health journey closed down a lot of the craft world to Create in person. I am back participating in local Craft Shows and Markets. I am still offering tutorials, networking, and inspiration on my Craft Groups and Pages. Crafting will always be my “Art-Therapy” Our motto on our page is #staycrafty
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The Pandemic and 2020 Breast Cancer diagnosis slowed my craft journey, but only temporarily… I never give up. I set up for a large 2- day craft show (Bernardo Winery Arts & Craft Fair Spring 2021) on my last day of chemotherapy, May 2021. I have been a vendor there since 2011 and it was shut down Spring 2020 & Fall 202)
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I feel like I am well known for helping the Craft/Maker community by local networking. The 2 FB pages that I admin have 2000-3000+ members. I currently love working with fabric, paper, and chalk pastes and inks, creating unique one-of-a-kind designs. In my “private” social media groups I offer tutorials, inspirations, tips, and techniques… & fun. I have most recently partnered with a crafting friend which has certainly been a great help as craft shows take a lot of work and ability, and we always have a booth presentation that is awed by show and market attendees.
What would you say has been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
1. Never Give Up
2. Keep an Open Mind
3. Inspiring Others, Helps You Too
4. Ask for Help When You Need It
- $1-$50 High-End Crafts at Budget-Friendly Prices
- Website: www.1craftygirl.chalkcouture.com
- Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/1crafty1
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063698704315
- Other: https://m.facebook.com/groups/219055538662977/