We had the good fortune of connecting with Alejandra Franco and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alejandra, how do you think about risk?
The most important decisions are always the most difficult ones, taking risks is a natural aspect of life.

The unknown it what makes everything so scary, but there is no better feeling than looking back and realize that your fears were not bigger than your dreams.
I started @woventimes very scared and vulnerable, but I regret nothing now, it has been a fun process and I can’t wait to see how it grows and evolves. Life is now! Take the risk!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I got my first loom as a present in 2018 and just “went with the flow”. I didn’t know much about weaving or fiber art but that didn’t stop me from trying. I still keep that first weaving just to remind myself, that’s it is ok to try something new and it’s also ok if things don’t go right the first time.
The biggest lesson I have learned so far is to slow down, be patient with the process, and also to practice!
What I like about my pieces is that there is no repetition, each piece is one of it’s kind and occupies one unique space in this world, which is kind of crazy and magical to think about.
I also like that there is little planning at the beginning, besides color and fiber selection, so it allows me to keep exploring and find something new every time.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I will first take them to the little Italy farmers market, get some coffee, and walk around my favorite neighborhood.

Then we could go to Balboa Park and visit 1 or 2 of the 17 museums it has.
For lunch or dinner I’ll take them to the best taco place here! Lola55
Finally,I will take them to watch the sunset at pretty much any of our beaches, specially Sunset Cliffs.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I will start with my close friends and family, they were all there to support me in every step from day one.

Also all the people I have met on my Instagram page, It’s amazing how nice and encouraging they are.

I will also like to give credit to some of the books I read during the times I felt lost, needed advice, and inspiration:
– The practice by Seth Godwin
– Find your artistic Voice by Lisa Congdon
– Este Libro Lleva Tu Nombre By Sara Betancur a Colombian writer I love!

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