Meet the Teacher: Alyssa Budinock

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Tell us a little about you:

Other than tying knots, I like to read and write and listen to podcasts that make me think...or laugh!

I think podcasts & macrame are a match made in heaven. Some podcasts I love to listen to while doing macrame are Harry Potter & the Sacred Text, Heart House Radio, and the WeCroak podcast.

I also teach yoga classes a couple nights a week and I love taking yoga classes, but I think I love cooking even more. I'm in love with experimenting with food and trying new things.

I am also hooked on ABC's the Bachelor/Bachelorette. If you know me, you might think this is out of character, but I just can't help myself!

Tell us about your business:

I wouldn’t call it a macrame “business”. I work from home teaching English online and I set my own hours, so it’s up to me to find the time to create if/when I feel the urge or get inspired. There was a time I dreamt of making my art into a business, and now those dreams have been replaced with other callings!

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How did you get started?

It was a pretty humble beginning and an organic transition into bigger scale pieces. I used to make friendship bracelets out of embroidery thread when I was in high school. I taught myself using a book from one of the craft stores. The knots used in macrame are actually the same in friendship bracelets, fun fact! Making friendship bracelets turned into making hemp jewelry, then other knotted crafts like coasters, plant hangers and bags, and from there I was inspired by people putting their macrame pieces on walls!

What’s your favorite part of your work?

The presence and focus I find when I settle in to work on a project is meditative in quality. I don’t use patterns or sketches most of the time, so it’s exciting to have an idea and then see where it leads. Most of my finished work looks nothing like the original idea. There are infinite ways to use 2-3 knots to make a magical textured beautiful weaving! The creativity is boundless.

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What’s your funniest story from your job?

I take macrame very seriously, thank you very much.

Just kidding - I have a hard time taking anything seriously. In my first workshop ever the language I was using to teach a square knot actually sounded very…..sexual. It was totally unintentional but there was wine involved in that workshop, so the students DEFINITELY noticed!

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What do you offer beyond this amazing class at The Zeal Center?

I enjoy podcasts so much that I decided to create one! I’ve created GraveDancers: Life and Leadership After Loss as a way to bring love and light into conversations about grief, loss & impermanence. You can listen to it on iTunes or at my website.

I also teach yoga twice a week: 7:00pm on Mondays at Roc & Soul Fitness in Webster, and 6:45pm on Thursdays at NuMvmnt on University Ave in Rochester!

Where can we find you online or in person?

I have a website dedicated to my podcast as well as my yoga teaching schedule: www.gravedancers.net

On Facebook there’s a page you can like & follow that is dedicated to my podcast. I share episode announcements as well as events for live discussions: GraveDancers: Life and Leadership After Loss

I am also on Instagram sharing all of my macrame work, quotes from podcast guests, and other little musings: @alyssabudinock

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Join Alyssa this Saturday, March 30th from 11 am - 1 pm at The Zeal Center!

She’ll be teaching us how to create beautiful macrame wall hangings, we’ll have snacks and so much fun. Hope to see you there!