Being a new artist at Spindleworks


Being a new artist at Spindleworks, at least for me, is kind of like going into your freshman year of high school. In a crazy way it seems like a school only less chaotic. The people who run the place are kind of like assistant principals, the artist mentors are kind of like teachers and the artists are kind of like school peers. It’s a cool place to work with any art form you want and to find your passion, whatever it may be, whether it’s knitting, drawing, painting, weaving, sewing, embroidery, pottery or something else.

Each of the artist mentors here have their own specialty and are amazing at what they do. Julianne, for example, is the fiber arts expert and knows all kinds of knitting, sewing and embroidery techniques that she’s willing to teach you. All you need to do is ask. Then there’s the pottery queen, Sara, who’s amazing. She’s sweet, funny, occasionally embarrassing, caring and easy to talk to. The others are like that too except for the embarrassing part, Sara’s got that one down to a science which is just one of her quirks. There’s Brian and Liz, the program supervisors, Deirdre, another fiber arts and drawing expert, Andrew, the animation expert, Nancy, the painting and sculpture expert and Martha, another painting expert.

I’m very excited to see what the coming year holds for me at Spindleworks and am even more excited to make more art. - Cheyenne Sullivan