You just never know where connections are going to lead. A couple of months ago I got an email from an old friend. We both sang in Carolina Harmony Chorus many years ago, until I left that chorus many years ago. She eventually moved out of the area and our ships passed only occasionally on Face Book. She went on to become a librarian at Pitt Community College in Winterville, NC, and when a new textile art program started there, thought of me. She put me and the Textile Survey instructor in touch with each other, and I agreed to give a silk painting presentation and demo to the students.
I first did a Power Point presentation called 'Silk Painting: A Journey in Creativity', during which I used examples of my own and other artists' work to show different silk painting techniques, ways of presenting painted silk, building a composition and steps of creating a painting.
I also brought some paintings, quilts and scarves (not pictured) to show.
Then it was time for a brief demo.
The students were attentive and asked thoughtful questions. Some came up to me afterwards and said they had been inspired to get busy creating - that was all I needed to hear! A group from the college is now thinking of coming to my studio for a workshop.
And the moral of the story is: Be nice to people - you never know what bridges are waiting to be built and through whom!