The greatest compliment one can receive is that from a fellow artisan. One you've looked up to and admired for years. Yes, they might look at your work and critique it pieces because they create the same style you do, and they are a true expert in said medium.
BUT then you get a phone call that melts all that self-doubt away. And they actually are wearing your design as you are speaking... and they are on their way to an appointment where others will see your work on this incredible artisan. OMG what a genuine compliment you have paid this tender artisan heart.
You know who you are and you made my week.
From the bottom of my humbled heart, Thank you!