Don’t let the well go dry
I spend several hours a week applying my professional skills to projects that don’t pay, and devote a lot of my spare time to vocational and volunteer service in communities where I live (and have lived), and in less developed countries. Community service also allows me to meet people I might not otherwise know – in my own neighbourhood and around the world.
One of the things that often draws people together is the desire or need to do good things, to make a difference, to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. That’s how I feel about my work, whether I’m at my desk or volunteering in the Dominican Republic. I love working with people who believe in what they’re doing and who are always looking for ways to help others succeed.
Lately I’ve been having fun designing and dyeing fabric. Hobbies are a great way to practice creativity and use professional skills to do personal projects. Truth is, I’m obsessed with developing clever ways to make accurately repeating patterns, and combine dyeing techniques to create unique results. And, I’ve learned my way around a sewing machine, so I can test all my designs on real objects! #learningcurvesareus Check out my growing garden of fabrics at Spoonflower and my dye projects on Instagram @lucieloutextiles.