I was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder a few years ago and since I have been lost. I had owned an art gallery and custom frame shop for 15 years, but could not emotionally or physically be self-employed any longer.
I have been knitting since I was 13. When I started knitting, the patterns I found were mostly pure cheese, bad 80's sweaters, tacky but not in a good way. So I stopped knitting for a long time. Now, finally a younger generation has begun to use knitting as an art form and I was inspired by the books “DomiKNITrix” and “AntiCraft” to start knitting again, but recently I found “Stupid Sock Creatures” by John Murphy and I fell in love! I was so inspired by the book that now I am teaching myself how to sew, by hand and with a sewing machine, so could start making my sock monsters!
So now, I make stuff. Handmade little oddities. I think of myself as being good with my hands. I'm crafty. I found that creating has really helped with my depression and have been trying to figure out a way to share that with other women who are suffering with depression. I guess I am asking for ideas for recruiting other artists, actually for any ideas that might help.
I started a website at crazygirljournals.com, for Bipolar Disorder support and a place to show my monsters - http://www.crazygirljournals.com/Therapy/Sock_Monsters_files/TriggerMuliganyviews.jpg