A Conversation with a Fellow Designer
Is social media creating a toxic environment in the crafting community? I had a virtual sit down with Brittany of B. Crochet-tive Designs to find out how social media is a contributing factor to her brand, success, and so much more!
Share with me something about yourself that you're working on improving?
As a mother, wife, and crochet pattern designer I feel like I'm always working on improving myself. Personally, I think that it's important to always want to do your best, to try your hardest, and to finish everything you start. I struggle with socializing, but I work through it every day by seeking out new ways to talk to people, work my business, and make friends. I haven't always had this attitude and probably adopted it back in 2011 after I was diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder. My son had been diagnosed a couple years prior, which raised a lot of questions for my husband and myself. Up until that point we had just thought that our son had developed his quirky behavior from Mom, but it turned out that most of the quirks that we shared were spectrum related traits.
Which meant that mom also needed to be tested and surprise I was also on the spectrum. Over the next few years our youngest daughter also joined our ranks. Getting my diagnosis really motivated me to embrace the good with the bad. I no longer fight against my ocd/attention to detail instead I get it to work for me. Crafting is a very therapeutic way of doing just that! Writing crochet patterns has changed my life for the better.
I'm grateful every day for the opportunities that it affords me, and I love being able to inspire others with my art. The hardest part when it comes to writing crochet patterns, for me, is the math. I'm terrible at math. To help I make a ton of cheat sheets from my notes for future patterns. (my notes can go on for just about forever) I like to draw up or graph out everything that I possibly can since I'm more of a visual learner. It can be a little ridiculous, but it works and that's all that really matters.
Have your parents influenced your career path, if so what was the biggest take away you have gained from them that you still use today?
My Aunt is probably the most inspirational person that I have when it comes to my career choice. She's been crocheting for 50 years but we've always lived countries apart, so it's only been over the past couple of years that we've really been able to connect because of our shared interest in crochet. My husband has and always will be my biggest supporter though! I'm not sure what I'd do without him. He's my rock, my best friend, and he's been there to cheer on every endeavor that I've pursued over the past 12 years.
Has social media benefited your personal brand?
Hmmm... Social media has helped me in so many ways, it's difficult to know where to begin. Social media's given me a voice and a platform especially when I don't typically speak the loudest, when I'm not as put together on the outside as I feel on the inside, or vice versa. It's also given me the chance to network, to make new friends/connections and to grow my business.
Where do you turn to for inspiration when you hit a creative roadblock?
I'm very fortunate in the fact that I've yet to run into any real roadblocks or to have had the "idea well" run dry. Really, my problem isn't coming up with ideas rather it's that my hands can't seem to keep up with all of them! I only started designing in February of this year, and I already have lists upon lists of ideas. When I'm not pulling new designs straight out of my dreams I draw a lot of my inspiration from my two amazing kids who make every day an adventure!
Share your best advice in 10 words or less.
My best advice, or words of wisdom? Easy. "Work hard, have fun, & love what you do/who you are!”
I am the sole designer behind Osage County Crochet!