I've decided to call myself a Play Advocate. So many people ask, what is your job? And on those pesky forms we all have to fill out it asks for job title. I have randomly written silk dyer, toy maker, business owner, but none of these actually describes what I DO, what I LOVE, what is my PASSION.
Play Advocate is perfect! In fact, maybe we can all become Play Advocates, or Play Makers as the Life Is Good Foundation calls themselves. Here is a link to this amazing work lifeisgood.com/playmakers/what-we-do/
Here is their motto: Life Can hurt, play can help. Love it! And you can see that they are using our playsilks in their work.
My desire is similar to theirs: to help keep children playing creatively, innocently and with great imagination for as long as possible.
Often times I sit at a fair with my baskets of playsilks and grownups walk by and comment what are these for? I try to give my best explanation, but they often don't get it. Scarves, for kids? What? But then a child will wander over, pull out some silks, exclaim about their favorite color, how soft the silk is, and start tying one around their waist, or neck, or dancing around watching it flutter in the wind and I think: that's it.
That's what I do this for. Exactly that.