Blog Hoppity Hop Hop

September 22, 2014

I was fortunate enough to be tagged for a blog hop by Andi from My Sister’s Knitter, the home of knitterly delights and a good cuppa. I have seen this blog hop popping up in lots of places recently.  It has been so interesting to hear so many different responses to the same set of questions. Here are my hoppity bits.

What am I working on?

Craftwise, I am knitting a lace shawl, another shawl and a cardigan, spinning for a sweater, embroidering a dress, almost cutting out some trousers and sewing juggling balls for our primary school fete.

IMG_3921How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Oh, I don’t think it is different, in fact, I think it is generated out of values and preoccupations that many folks share.

I believe that all activities including craft work are infused with politics and history.  I try to engage with both in my writing and in my making.  By politics, I don’t mean necessarily barrow pushing, although that is important too. I mean a more everyday kind of politics of how things are made, where they come from, what are they made from and what will happen to them over time. GiveWraps are a recent example of that enmeshing of history and politics.

IMG_3950I like making things from stuff I already have. I used to be a bit puritan about that but now I reckon that buying new materials can be a significant act as it has the potential to support positive enterprises and sustainable products.

IMG_3764I am also really curious about how things are made and put together, from bread to vegetables to clothing to houses.  It is a real thrill to make something from scratch, without a pattern…a unique thing that arose out a particular combination of need, materials and skill.

IMG_3920Why do I write and create the way I do?

I am compelled to make things. For good or ill, it is how I engage with the world and how I feel comfortable and capable. In my current world of circular, repetitive tasks like making lunches, washing clothes, dropping off, picking up, making dinner and finding lost things… writing blog posts and making stuff are the only things that stay done and exist in a tangible way.. The process of thought that underpins both is simultaneously stimulating and soothing.  The process of making words or objects has a simple pleasure where I am unaware of time or self.

IMG_2588How does my creative process work?

Gosh, I have never considered having a creative process.  I think it might be a staccato thing, a creature of fits and starts and grabbed moments.  My job right now is raising our children and until our youngest goes to school and the time comes to turn once again to professional things, my time for making and writing is necessarily gleaned time where creation occurs in tiny bits of time over long periods.IMG_2667

And now you probably need a good cuppa.

I have tagged fellow Melbournian, Lily from Block-a-day for the blog hop.  You will enjoy your time with Lily, even her banner pic is place to stay for while. Please visit her next Monday to find out how her crafty brain-cogs work.

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  1. That was great, I am really enjoying seeing and reading all the different blogs out ‘there’ 🙂 Can’t figure out how to follow Lily at Block-a-day though…Not the computer maven!! What a horrid way to get apply for a nursing job……wonder why they came up with that system. Thanks again.

  2. Beautifully written, as always, Rebecca. The embroidery is spectacular! Do tell more, please!! Poor Lily waiting for her match (you are correct about her header – wonderful). For Susan, above: sounds like an application of the Gale Shapley algorithm, right from game theory, which they still use in some form or other in matching residents to hospitals in the US. It’s based on what is referred to as the stable marriage problem: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stable_marriage_problem

  3. What a wonderful embroiderer you are!
    I find it so interesting that while many of us are brought to crafting by a similar need to have something tangible or “linear” in our otherwise circular day’s work (I love how you expressed that), each of brings something else to the crafting table too, like your interest in understanding the mechanics of how a thing is made or in another’s interest in new techniques or in fashion – and how our craft reflects those interests in turn and thus keeps the craft-wheel turning in new and unique directions. Loved checking out Lily’s blog, and so glad to know you enjoyed that link I sent you – I’ve been trying to hunt down that Runestone series you recommended! xo p.s. great sunflower seed packs – so cheery! and I simply love the colours of your hot water bottle cover, too, reminds me of a field of red clover 🙂

  4. I knew you would have amazing answers to the questions. You have such a way with words.
    Your crafty plate sound full of many wonderful things. The embroidery is beautiful!

  5. What an enjoyable read! I always admire the way you bring history and politics to your craft, I think it’s a different approach than just making pretty things. That snippet of embroidery is sublime.

  6. A wonderful response! You write with a way that really allows your reader “in”.

    The politics and history of making within your own work and words definitely makes the point of difference, for me. I thoroughly enjoy your posts and thoughts and projects – I’m so glad to have found your blog!

  7. Oh! Could the “Creative Process” could also be called living?

    I love this question and where it took you, Rebecca. That phrase reminds me of advice a typograpphy teacher gave out early on. “Type,” he said, “is designed in the service of the reader and the arrangement of type should be so good as to be invisible in the reading experience.”

    Perhaps a life of making things, solving problems, exploring structure of all kinds, evolves a process as it goes along. Romantic that I am I like to think that this process is unique to the individual–that it hums along in the background and grows organically with each new challenge.

    So much fun to see you in these posts and to think deeper along with with you. Thanks for the link to Block-a-day. Now I have even more respect for nurses.

  8. Another cracking post! As Andi says, you’ve a way with words! And I couldn’t agree more that doing what we all do with an eye, or both, on the bigger picture can only be a good thing.

    I must apologise for reading but rarely commenting lately … I’ve been a very tardy blogger altogether recently with so much going on but have resolved to do much better now our chaotic summer is behind us.

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