Fiber arts instructor/evangelist and industry veteran with more than a decade in the field and with specific experience in bricks-and-mortar retail expansion and web-based display and outreach seeks full time position in the lower 48 (unless some generous soul would like to relocate me to Hawaii or Alaska—which frankly sounds like quite an adventure).
The job that I relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina to accept was downsized last fall, and I’ve spent the past several months updating my document and web development skills in Adobe Creative Suite and Drupal and looking for possible relocation options.
I need a job, and I want very much to work within the fiber arts industry wherever that might lead. I will likely need to relocate, so I might need a week or two to get set up in a new town, but upon acceptance of any job offer, my first course of business would then be to get there and get up and running as quickly as possible. Everything’s already packed and ready to go. I just need a destination.
Knitting, Crocheting, Spinning, novice Weaving
Instructor, novice Designer
Classes include Yarn Are From Mars, Patterns Are From Venus; Sock Options; Finishing is Fun; Custom Yarns for Non-Spinners; Traditional Fair Isle Techniques; Easy Argyle Socks from Scratch
Web & Document Contractor
sites, books, e-books, patterns, pamphlets, newsletters, et al.
Tech and Copy Editor
Fifteen Years of Managerial Experience & Personnel Inspiration
Thanks to contacts within the industry, I’m currently building an e-book for a knit designer to be published this fall, managing a website and doing odd tech jobs for a prominent hand-dye wholesaler, and tech editing for a national instructor moving into the pattern design arena, but my monthly income is still below my monthly expenses (which, by the way, have been cut to essentials).
I’m not expecting a cush office or an honorary title. I’m looking for a job: somewhere to work that will promote the love of the fiber arts community to those who are already a part of it and to those who don’t yet realize its benefits.
If you’re concerned about wages, talk to me. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the result. So long as the cost of living is such that I can live in your area on my income, I can always supplement my income with various extracurricular projects. That said, if there are teaching opportunities in or near your location, that would also help quite a lot.
Of course, I’d prefer that my skills be put to some reasonable use, but I don’t need to use all of them in one place. In fact, if you have a purely sales job, I can tell you that I’m likely not a great fit. I manage in sales and support sales teams well, but I’m not a lone wolf. I work best in a team environment and endeavor always to keep the team’s needs foremost in my own decision-making. I’m a builder, an entertainer, a dreamer, and a thinker. I’m also a big guy with a reasonably strong back and a brain to back it up. If you have a use for me today that might grow into something bigger down the road, that’s fantastic. And if you just need someone to haul crates for a while, I can do that too. I need a job, and I need the company of those who believe in the power of the fiber arts industry to make a better culture. If my work supports that in some way, I can find whatever other fulfillment I need outside my job.
I grew up in Georgia and lived briefly in Alabama before relocating to Michigan and Indiana where I first entered the fiber arts field. Since, I’ve relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina then Charlotte. I’ve enjoyed each of the places I’ve called home, and I’m eager to begin a new adventure assisting you in building your business wherever that might be.
If you’re concerned about the weather where you are, despite having lived my entire life to that point in Georgia and Alabama, I thoroughly enjoyed the climate in Michigan. Lansing, Michigan. Take that in for a moment. Despite being in the same time zone, the two could barely be further apart. Yes, there are colder and snowier parts of the U. S., and I’m game for it. And yes, I’m already seriously considering a possible desert location.
The bottom line, though, is that I care less about where I am than who my companions are along the journey and how we mesh as a team. How can you put my skills to use?