This was originally supposed to be a broader philosophy statement, but rather than keep it on the blog as a treatise, I think I'll just post it and move on . . .
I've started this blog, in a very practical way, as a means of
communicating with a group of other like-minded folks engaged in a craft
swap. It provides a focused and controlled way for me to share my
information in a way that is easier than Flickr.
In a much
broader and more meaningful way, however, this blog invites me to share a
part of myself with the world that I usually keep fairly quiet. And
yet, that part is, in its essence, the most expressive part of myself.
Expressing myself through the act of making things with my hands or
Years ago, I read "In Search of Our Mother's Gardens" by
Alice Walker, which powerfully related how generations of women before
us were artists denied creative outlets. Without access to paint and
canvas or clay or pen and paper, these women instead turned their
creative spirits to the materials that were within their grasps. They
sewed quilts of breathtaking beauty and complexity (many of which now
hang in museums), the tended exquisite gardens, sang gorgeous songs. For
many, these great works would be known only to themselves and their
families, leaving no other trace of their creativity.
has stayed with me all these years, reminding me how primal the creative
drive is in all of us. It has brought me back to the few antiques in my
life, a few old quilts, a few pieces of furniture, to consider the
stories behind the individuals who made them. In a time of countless
craft blogs, I am interested in not only considering some of the "how
tos" of craftiness, but also the deeper wonderings about how society
privileges who can express their creative spirits more easily by making
things (while others may have less access).
So, these are some of
the questions I am interested in exploring, in addition to the usual
stuff o' life. I love doing lots and am skilled at nothing in
particular, so my projects will likely range from knitted socks and
scarves to quilts to sewn projects to cards to refinished furniture to
baking. Nope, never gets boring around here!