I think I will always have some of that old-fashioned student in me, the student that wants to learn from books. I love books and reading has always been a favorite pastime of mine. And still today, despite the internet and instant-access to information, I enjoy reading as a way to learn a new skill. Like most people, I usually turn to the internet to answer my questions. When I started working on some embroidery projects, I quickly Googled a few easy stitch tutorials. I got my answer, quick and easy, and I was embroidering in no time. But despite the internet's ease, I love getting information from books, whether from the library or Barnes & Noble (although I enjoy the cheaper route of the library whenever possible). To me books are the holy scriptures of whatever subject I'm interested in. They are the experts and I put more trust in them than online sources, especially for important topics. Of course books can be filled with as much worthless junk as what you would find online but considering someone took the time to get the book published, I feel the book should hold a little more authority. When a new, serious idea pops into my head I rush out to find the best book on the subject (this is not always the best idea because it leads to impulse purchases which wreck havoc on my bank account). I get all excited and start reading right away. This is the research phase and it is an important part of my creative process. I like to have a little background, know what I'm doing before I dive too deep into something. Maybe I like learning from books because it forces me to slow down so that I can really process the task at hand. Online information can begin to overwhelm me because I usually skim text and try to comprehend five different links at once. But reading forces me to really read the words, comprehend what the author is saying, and when you are trying to learn something, this is the most important thing.
Today I rushed out to buy a few books that I have been wanting to purchase for awhile. They are about starting your own handmade craft business and selling online. I am excited to devour them because my brain is wanting to take in as much as it can on these subjects. I have read really great reviews on these books so I am expecting to be enlightened!
The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online by Kari Chapin
Craft, Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby Into a Business by Meg Mateo Ilasco
Craft, Inc. Business Planner: The Ultimate Organizer for Turning Your Crafts into Cash by Meg Mateo Ilasco