Just a few nights after I bought my ticket to Hutchmoot, I had a dream about attending the gathering. I met with a group of about 50 people in a cold, dusty church basement and we basically sat around talking or looking at each other, wondering what we were doing there. And in the dream I deeply regretted buying my ticket.
This, of course, was not my real experience. My real experience was amazing, though I could say it was like a dream.
You say, “what is Hutchmoot?” I’m still not exactly sure how to define it but I liked this explanation I found: “a creativity conference for Christ-followers in all walks of life–writers, musicians, artists, pastors, moms, bankers, doctors…”
I saw the commercial for this conference as I was watching Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God concert live in my brother-in-law’s living room in 2017. Goal-setter that I am, I decided this would be on my goals list for 2018 and in March, in the 9 minutes it took for the tickets to sell out, I was one of 300 people who scored admission to Hutchmoot.
Three days after the close of ‘Moot, my head is spinning from all the rich words of advice I received, whether formally (through a session or workshop) or informally (through conversation in the bathroom queue or while stuffing my face with John Cal’s beautiful food).
I have several pages of notes but if I could boil it down to my Top Five Takeaways, this is what they would be (in no certain order):
- When you leave your family to go do something creative, don’t think of it as leaving them, think of it as “they are sending [you].” – Adam Whipple
- Author Helene Sorenson emphasized that every step of the creative journey is important and to not try to skip any steps.
- Don’t be afraid to promote your work AND it is prideful to keep your art to yourself.
- Find joy in your limitations and your boundaries (using artist Sarah Masen as an example, who is currently embracing where God has her as a librarian who does pottery and music on the side). Jill Phillips shared these things in a session and I lost it, tears flowing, snot dripping down my face, with no Kleenex in sight. These were definitely words I needed to hear for this season of life!
- Jill Phillips said “we’re co-creators with Christ for all eternity.”
Did I mention the amazing food yet? John Cal can even make a boxed lunch art. And his essays that introduced the food were just as artfully crafted.
I had never heard of Drakeford until Dave Trout introduced them on Saturday but I’m so glad I learned about their music and I want to hear more. I could say a lot more about other musicians I heard but I think that is deserving of its own separate post.
Overall, Hutchmoot helped me to see that the world of art is so vast. There are so many artists, so many kinds of art, and so much art still undiscovered. And I was also reminded of how much I can apply art to my life right now, as I color with my children, as I light a candle, as I make sourdough, as I sit at the piano, and as I sing around the house.
If you are considering going to Hutchmoot 2019, like they say on The Rabbit Room, you must.