The thought has crossed my mind (more than once) that maybe I'm just taking up space in an already crowded creative world. (Confession: This thought usually is louder when my internal weather is a bit cloudy or rainy.) There are quite a few fiber artists out there. Many of them post projects, patterns, tutorials, host classes...does it make sense to take time to do the same thing that has already been done? My answer is always yes. Yes it does make sense, at least a little. And not just as applied to fiber craft; I feel that way about most things in the art/creative world. And not just applied to myself. If you have something to share that brings you joy, share it. It will bring someone else joy, too.
Everyone is different. Every mind has its own special way of ticking. Every person has their own way of learning. I like to post tutorials- obviously warping a loom or steeking in knitting are not new. There are many teachers that have come before me and there are many people demonstrating the same exact techniques I use at this very moment. But maybe my voice speaks in a way that someone understands just a little bit better than when they tried before. Perhaps I take a picture that just makes it all fall into place for some weaver just starting out. That is such a super feeling and it makes it very worthwhile to share. Having many voices keeps a craft alive. Allowing being to really find what "fits" is a very powerful thing. And often what fits isn't always the same everyday. It's good to have choices.
As for patterns and finished objects? What inspires me does not inspire everyone. But that is true for everyone's creations. Having a lot to look at might be overwhelming, but it also makes room for what inspires you. We assimilate the world around us and as artists, make it our own. We share what we experience in our finished projects, whether they be patterns or items to wear or display. In a way, it can help someone else find their own voice by hearing ours. It is a balance of listening and sharing- we are inspired and in turn inspire others. I think it important to reflect here, though, that one must listen to be also be heard. If you enjoy my website, I promise there are many more out there you will find equally (or more) inspiring and useful. (I am trying to be more active in this space, and I have a tab for "Things You May Like." This is where I am adding a collection of fiber and non-fiber things that I have absolutely nothing to do with creating but really enjoy. Maybe you will, too.)
There is room on the field. I guess that's what I'm trying to say. Having more than one source to learn from is wonderful. The internet can be a dark and dangerous place, but it can also be a powerful tool for good. People can connect, learn and create using the tools and teachers all around the world, and that is a marvel. I think we do still need to be mindful that we are not appropriating cultures or taking what is not ours to teach. But as far as there being too many? Never. There is always room for art. And allowing that room will make space for the truly great among us to emerge- and hopefully by our example they will reach their hands back out toward us and share what they create and help others feel the joy or success that shines on them.