There was one show though where I had the complete opposite experience. Two tents away from mine there was a high end jeweler with many years of experience. It was my first year doing shows and I was a worshipful puppy as I gazed at her elegant setup and obvious talent. I wandered over during a slow moment, when we didn't have any shoppers, to just chat and pick her brain a bit and, to my surprise, she refused to talk to me! My friend who was across the way was amused watching her dance away from me. It's not supposed to be like this! In fact, I've heard from other artists that she's still saying things about me that aren't supportive or friendly. How does that benefit her or me? If anything, it's alienated some people from her. Thankfully, this isn't my usual experience. Some of my best friends are other jewelers! Sure, we can be competitive but we support one another. I've always believed that we get farther in this world and live better lives by cooperating with others and being kind for the most part.
Recently, Robin did a little more than just comment on a post, she extended a helping hand. I had been working on a pendant and posting pictures of progress on Instagram. This picture shows the pendant back, demonstrating all the sawing work I did to create cherry blossoms.
Dedication to your craft or talent is important; we should all strive to improve and grow but I think we do that faster when we reach out to others. There are countless moments in my life where a person has made a difference by offering advice, or a helping hand. Sometimes even a very small gesture made a huge difference. So, let's all try to do a little more raising up and a lot less tearing down.
If you'd like to do a little more reading on this topic I came across this interesting post on Huff Post: www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/do-women-really-support-one-another-10-successful_us_5a322fa7e4b06a512dd69dab