Generations have watched as Dorothy's house begins to twitch and the hinges to unhitch! Blown away from home to a foreign land. She stands blinking in the confusion of surprise as small and wonderful creatures crawl out from the bushes to regard her with a mirror of her own curiosity.
There is no way the young Dorothy could have imagined what was coming when she and Toto set out on the dirt road. Material Obsession has been traveling along a yellow brick road of discoveries as well and there is yet another morphing change on the near horizon. If we start at the beginning, eight years ago we opened the doors to a tiny corner shop. Three and half years ago we moved from a tiny shop on a corner to a little cottage across the road. It was a big move that allowed us to expand our classes and product range.
Then about a year after that a big change was when Sarah decided to leave Material Obsession to do her own thing. That was a bit of a surprise at the time but there was no doubt in my mind that I was where I wanted to be...in the shop that gave me so much joy. I was happy to stay sharing the quilting experience with so many devoted, creative, kind and wonderful people. It is great reward and I am grateful...tired but grateful.
The last two years have been full of discovery. Owning the shop on my own means my weakness and strengths became a lot more obvious to all. It isn't always easy to be so exposed, and maybe that is why the wizard stood behind that curtain. He knew that he was only a man and that it was how people saw him that made the difference. Pull back the curtain and we are all the same with the same insecurities and doubts... the same questions, fears and worries.
If you pull back the curtain at Material Obsession what you see is a gathering of driven people. The last two years have been shared with the exceptional women of Material Obsession...and they are the best on offer. They make it their manner to welcome and serve all customers as well as to respect their choice in style or to help with their math. Every time I walk in the shop I want to smile they make me so proud. The staff teachers and tutors willingly provide the best standard of creative and technical advice. I learn something every day. Its a team effort and the variety of skills makes the combination unique. I am proud of the women (and a few men!) that gather around the table to make quilts as well. From beginner to master quilter, I love to take a tiny bit of ownership over them as the women that make my shop what it is... a place to learn and grow creatively.
Ok, what am I on about? What is this change hinted at? Don't be afraid because change is a good thing. Those of you that frequent the shop know that I like to change the furniture around. Well, I have done that so many times that there is no new way to configure the tables so... we gave notice in our current location this week and are moving to:
a heritage listed sandstone terrace!!! To me, this building is the complete conceptual blend of tradition with the contemporary and suits our mixed style beautifully. As my footsteps echo through the empty space I can only image the walls soon to be full of colorful and exciting fabrics...I can hear the lively chatter that comes with the patchwork shop as well as the whispers of days gone by and I can only imagine smiling when walking into this new space. The lovely garden and full service kitchen are just added benefits.
What about parking you ask? Not a problem. We will be conveniently located 1/2 a block away from 300 car spaces at Birkenhead Point. What luck to find so much character so conveniently located to the newly renovated Birkenhead shopping center, Balmain, the Bay walk, city and sooo much more! My biggest fear is that I will pop over and buy a new pair of shoes every day!
Today I see a bit of Dorothy in myself. Just a bit naive and wide eyed I landed in a foreign land looking for a way to feel home. When Material Obsesion opened I found everything I had always looked for...friends with common interests and a place to grow creatively. The yellow brick road is a symbolic story. It is the discovery that Dorothy makes as the mystique is revealed when the curtain is pulled away and the wizard, just a man, tells us the moral of the story. Heart, Brain and Soul are in us all and we only need to look inward to fiind what we are looking for and to occassionaly make changes in order to grow.
All February classes will be in the current location and more details on the move to come! k