A few perspectives from an attendee in one of our Hands-On Workshops
“I’ve been lucky enough to both attend and host Kim’s Upholstery Workshops and here are some perspectives on my experiences as an attendee.” – says Denise
The Golden Ticket – You’re IN!
In the story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory there is a scene where Charlie is sitting with his grandparents carefully opening chocolate bars and searching for the golden ticket to the Chocolate Factory. Remember that? My first Kim’s Upholstery Hands-On Workshop made me feel a little like I’d won the golden ticket. I danced around in the wee hours, thrilled about the opportunity. There are limited spaces, and seemingly everyone wants them. How do you get in? You register as soon as that window opens and you make a full commitment to attend.
Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory was one of my favorites as a kid! – Kim
Why Aren’t There More Hands-On Workshops? (I hear this all the time)
Hands-on workshops are H-A-R-D work for both Kim as the instructor, as well as for attendees. There is no downtime as the teacher with 6 students all eager to learn and get to the next step. While those of you who desperately want to attend a workshop wish there were more opportunities to accommodate everyone, the rigor of actually teaching each workshop, multiple times each season, in multiple cities, is exhausting. Realistically, the number of these workshops Kim can physically accommodate is limited. If you get in, be prepared to commit completely. If there is any chance you cannot commit, wait for another time and give someone else the chance.
Here is where Kim will be teaching Hands-On Workshops this coming year
Excitement and Anxiety
Every new experience brings excitement and some anxiety. There will be new people and a new place. What will it be like? Do I have everything I need? What if I forget something? What if I’m the only one on the struggle bus?
One of the absolute BEST things about a Kim’s Upholstery workshop is meeting new people, kindred spirits if you will, who bring their passions and their skill set with them. They are all feeling exactly like you are. You’ll be surrounded by people who want to talk about fabrics, furniture, upholstery, their hobbies, their aspirations, their experiences, what they need to work on, and what they hope to learn. It’s heady and delightful! If you’re like most students, you’ll find yourself all in, wanting to soak up your own experience, but also intensely interested in what everyone else is doing! You can learn a lot from everyone’s projects.
Showing up at a workshop committed to learning from Kim, and committed to going all in and connecting with your fellow attendees is a key to workshop success. Aspire to leave the workshop having learned something from everyone, and loaded down with new relationships to celebrate.
Keeping an Ear Open While You Work
During your workshop experiences, you’ll find though you are focused on getting your work done, you’ll also be keeping an ear open for what else is happening with your new friends in the workshop. This split focus is also why workshops can be very tiring. You’re constantly processing input. There will be times when you’ll want to briefly stop what you’re doing and visit your friend’s workspace to have a look or a conversation about what your friends are doing. Your new friends might ask for help, or an opinion. Now and then, Kim will stop the action for everyone with an announcement like:
“Everyone. Come on over. I want to teach … show… explain … celebrate … ”
We all hurry over to see what Kim is pointing out. Even if you cannot use that particular skill on this particular piece of furniture, you’re hoping you’ll remember it for some time in the future. So …