Twenty years ago today I was on Kizhi Island – the furthest North I have ever been. I caught an overnight train from St.Petersburg to Petrozavodsk with three friends. Once in Petrozavodsk, we travelled by hydrofoil to Kizhi Island (which is on Lake Onega). We had heard that it was a nice place to visit but didn’t have much idea about what to expect, (my Russian experience in 1996 did not have great (read: any) access to the internet…). When we arrived on the island we discovered the most magnificent wooden structures – an area on Kizhi has two large churches and a bell tower built completely of wood. It is one of the best memories I have of my time in Russia and I truly believe this is because I didn’t have any expectations and I took a chance on going somewhere new and somewhere I didn’t know a lot about.
As I sit here editing and proofing the Woven by Society website I keep reminding myself that it is good to take chances and to be open to new directions and suggestions – you never know what you’ll discover.