“There is no art in turning a goddess into a witch, a virgin into a whore, but the opposite operation, to give dignity to what has been scorned, to make the degraded desirable, that calls for art or for character.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I have strong feelings about the concept of ugliness, appropriate because ugliness is a strong concept. I have a friend who once told me that, in his opinion, I was “All about the pretty” which is not quite right. Actually I am all about the beautiful which is a much more powerful and challenging aesthetic. And ugliness is often beautiful. I encourage reading this impressive article.
…”Hag is not a nice word. Yet there comes a time in every woman’s life when nice is tedious, when nice is insipid, seeping into the soul like souring milk, warping the mind. Indeed, nice can, at times, be all that is offensive.”
~ Emma Restall Orr – Kissing the Hag.
Have you ever tried embroidering on paper? It’s fun but a bit picky. Once a hole is in the paper there is no going back.
This week I did a little embroidery on watercolour paper. Turns out that it is, hands down, the easiest paper to embroider on that I have ever tried. I used an awl to punch the holes (after placing the paper on a piece of leather) and used only a variety of outline stitches. I think it is simple but effective.
I have a special love of religious string things, and dreamcatchers certainly fit into that category. But they can be just for pretty too…
Here is a post that is worth checking out. It is a beautiful series of interpretive dreamcatchers, made by one of my favourite inspirations, Renate Kirkpatrick. She’s an Aussie but her dreamcatchers would be popular here in the Cree/Ojibwa lands too.
And yes, she is another Renata like me, different spelling, same pronunciation. Extra bonus!
Check out her freeform crochet, you’ll be happy you did. 🙂
Lots of love,
Baba StringThings (aka Renata from Winnipeg)
Dreamcatchers… something new & different from me that I’ve wanted to try for some time. I’ve created these Dreamcatchers, not as authentic representations but as my own personal artistic interpretations.
I’m an Aussie, so my interest in dreamcatchers isn’t cultural… I simply love them & more over, I love the idea of them.
Dreamcatchers originate in Native American tradition, believing both positive & negative dreams flow through the night & that a Dreamcatcher, hanging freely over or near a sleeping person, will allow the good dreams to pass through while capturing the bad dreams, which will perish & vanish with the rising sun…
I used patterns from this collection of 16 Crochet Motifs & embellished with wooden, glass & plastic beads & attached swivel cams so the dreamcatcher can rotate freely…
Today was an awesome day. It didn’t start well, but it improved rapidly.
On my way to teach at my Crafternoon group, while getting on my first bus, I stepped on the hem of my brand new dress and it tore in several places. Luckily, I had my needlework chatelaine pinned to my apron and a good assortment of thread on me. So while waiting for my second bus I sat on the grass under a tree and mended the holes.
People walking by looked at me as if I were performing an arcane bit of magic. A needle and thread! What is she doing? Two minutes later a quick and dirty repair job was done. I got a huge kick out of the teens trying to figure out if I was actually sewing or doing a bit of performance art. It was a small but real pleasure.
Hi, I am back! My son was married last week and it was wonderful. There was even some cool string things involved that I plan to blog about later. Ritual macrame, anyone?
So I have just been doing small stuff this week. I am crocheting two doilies and the ‘pretty purple peacock blanket’, and lastly I have been doodling with string.
My mom gave me a little bag she got from Clinique as a freebie because I loved the colour and pattern, and I can always use more project bags. She looked bemused when I said thank you and grabbed some string and my needlework chatelaine, but what can I say, I love doodling with string 🙂
Oh wow, I am so inspired to try this with some of my deluge of doilies! Has anyone else tried this I wonder?
Lots of love,
Yesterday I shared an exercise for framing your crochet to create art, as a practice in honoring your own creative self-expression. There are so many different ways to display your crochet, including many different types of frames that you can use. One unique idea that many people have started adopting recently is to use embroidery…
So, I read a cool post from the blog It’s A T-Sweet Day about her Salem Quilt Guild #1 project. It is about her quilt piece that had both embroidery and colouring with crayons on the cloth. I must admit to being entranced. It’s gorgeous and inspiring and I strongly suggest checking the post and blog out!
It’s been a hell of a overcomsumption party, but the fun is over and the guests are puking in the bushes outside. It’s time to relearn the wisdom of Making Do and Mending.
The Japanese have a really beautiful set of aesthetic traditions that, to me, are the exact opposite of the frantic, febrile spasm of over consumerism that the world seems to be caught up in. We are literally consuming ourselves to death.
One of the most beautiful and healing of these concepts is wabi sabi.
Wikipedi says, “Wabi-sabi represents Japanese aesthetics and a Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.
“the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy.” (Wikipedia)
Those are such beautiful concepts. There is a coolness, serenity, naturalness and acceptance that feels like the exact opposite of anxiety in these concepts. Now I am no expert at all, but I think I really get this right down to my bones. These are my guiding principals as a craftswoman. Continue reading “Visible Mending: The Beauty Of Broken Things”