In the spirit of Labor Day, I thought I would share an interesting discussion that's been unfolding. I've been following a lively debate about fair compensation for teachers at fiber events. Most of the back and forth is happening on Facebook. You can also find more on Twitter under the hashtag #FairFiberWage.
I'm not surprised by the numbers, but it is interesting the different perspectives that have surfaced during the course of this conversation.
I'm a firm believer in educating consumers. If you've taken classes at events or are considering it, it's important for you to know how much work goes into that class.* Fiber artists have a wonderful tradition of sharing their skills, techniques and knowledge. Most of the fiber instructors I know love what they do, but at the end of the day it's work. A lot of work. It's work they must be compensated for if we want to continue enjoying the rich, diverse classes that many events offer.
I could go on and on, but I'll get off my soapbox now.
Maybe I'll knit a few rows instead. I'm almost ready to start the next color in the gradient progression. I feel the momentum building . . .
*The same could be said for that skein of hand dyed yarn you're fondling at an event, but that's a discussion for another day.