This is a post about organizing regional gatherings for weavers, specifically, members of Complex Weavers.
It must have been sometime in August when I learned that Bhakti Ziek would be coming to the San Francisco area in January. I started a conversation with Bhakti immediately about subject matter, target audience, etc. We decided on a two pronged approach, one for experienced Photoshop users and one for those who are curious about the process. I then needed to alert and lure as many as possible to take these workshops to cover the cost of the venue, the teacher and travel. I provided housing for Bhakti, one of the best advantages of organizing! I had the membership list from CW, access to the Yahoo list for Northern CA, the CW website and newsletter, and our guild newsletter.
Finding a venue in this area is not for the faint of heart, especially at the prices we want to pay, but I did find one, 5 minutes from home for the 2 day advanced class. That venue needed to be close to a hotel, restaurants, transportation. The one day event took place at our regular guild venue in San Francisco, no special requirements. All that is left to do is set the price based on a simple budget, and then follow up with details..
The reward? A great class, learned a lot, brought a wonderful group together who mentioned the possibility of the “first annual…”.
The one day group was in fact two groups, AM a larger number who were introduced to Bhakti’s work, the PM group, a subset of people who wanted to see how Photoshop works for weavers. They were too busy to get a photo!
One more reward, woven by Bhakti.