It's fantastic working with someone whose craft has been such a long held passion. Her years of practice make the process look easy, and learning something new is less intimidating with her. I'm a firm believer in the importance of creating alongside those with much more experience and knowledge than you, and those with less. We bonded over creativity, but we also talked about life and marriage and family. Mentorship, across all facets of life, is a gift, and I am grateful.
Many of us are pretty disconnected from how our things are made -- in factories, across the world, with questionable quality and materials and working conditions. It's important to pass these skills on, so they don't fall into the "lost art" category. Continuing to share the craft from generation to generation is meaningful for civilization to stay connected to the functional side of art. Things like sewing, tending a garden, building furniture. Sure, we could go and buy the thing, but how much more valuable is learning how it's done, understanding the process of how it's come to be?