Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Learning from Crafting

Creating things can actually be a really good teaching experience. You may think you're just sewing but you're really learning greater skills.

Skills like what?

Is that fabric going to work? Try it and find out! Experimentation stretches the borders of what you think is possible, and helps build visualization skills you can apply to other areas of life. How would that look in white instead of purple?

*adaptation and flexibility
Okay, so maybe what you tried didn't work. Now what? Maybe you just ran out of the last of your supply of glue and have to finish today. What can you use? How can you get your project done?
Resourcefulness helps in many situations. Learning not to freak out when things don't go according to plan is a skill many can use (and that bosses LOVE).

If there's one thing I've learned, always take pictures. Why? Multiple reasons. First, you never know when you can turn something into a tutorial. Second, if you need help, you've got a photo to illustrate the problem you're having. Third, maybe it just turns out to be a cool photo for the sake of art. And write stuff down. For future reference and so you don't forget your ideas. Sometimes I get ideas when I can't pick up the yarn or scissors, and I have to jot it down so I'll be able to get back on my train of thought later.

What have you learned from crafting?

Monday, July 25, 2011

That time again...

It's time for Charlottesville Crafter!

This month, I make earrings. This is the last of the wedding crafts! (I told you I had one more up my sleeve...)

Check it out!

I've got some more craft posts coming, plus a lot of projects planned!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Art, Craft or Both?

This summer I am taking one of my humanities requirements, and I chose Art Appreciation. I've always liked art, even when I don't get a chance to actually make it.

Anyway, I digress.
Let me say first that I think that the author of this particular textbook* is a little biased on certain things, and I don't agree with him completely. I personally like my textbooks to be like the news should be, unbiased, but I know I can't always get it, especially with something as subjective as art.

I was reading the chapter on "The Crafts as Fine Art" and he mentions "many artists feel insulted if their work is described as being 'craftful.'" His major point was that usually the line between Art and Craft is drawn by intention - if something is intended to be functional, it is a craft, but if it is made to be looked at, then it is Art. And then goes on to say that if a consumer buys something functional to enjoy looking at it, the artist's intention winds up being irrelevant.

Of course, being a crafter, I had to consider this in terms of my own work. Usually I don't consider my crochet or knit or sewing to be art because everything I make is functional to me. I can't really make a drawing that functions as anything other than a drawing, so I kind of default that to art. There are sweaters and scarves that I've seen in Ravelry projects that are functional, but also breathtakingly beautiful. Then there is crocheted art like the work of Olek while skillful, is butt ugly, in my opinion.

So where do you stand? Do you craft or do you craft art?

*Textbook is The World of Art, Henry Sayre

Sunday, July 10, 2011

New Project, New Project Spot

I've chained on for a new project! I'm making a kitty bed for the fuzzballs. They'll probably ignore it, but maybe not.

I'm trying to stashbust, so I'm using a dual strand of Simply Soft Eco and TLC Amore. The colors are blending better than I expected.

The project is being modeled by my new furniture addition. Now keep in mind that I do not actually like colonial style furniture, but this one gets grandfathered in because this is the rocking chair that my mom used to rock me in! So it's kind of my family heirloom. It made its way to me after my sister redecorated her bedroom, where it was previously residing.

So hopefully I can get some good rocking and stitching going on and kitties will learn to keep their tails out of the way!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Click it & Link It

I've added a lot of crafty stuff into my RSS reader these past few months, so I thought I'd take a minute to let you know what kind of crafty things I've been reading!

Carina's Craft Blog from Carina of Polka & Bloom. Whenever an item of Carina's pops up in my feed, it makes me happy. She takes beautiful photographs and her work is filled with color. She's also got some good tutorials that have helped me out.

Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing is new to me, but I love it! She makes gorgeous vintage style dresses and lots of tutorials.

I know I've linked to New Dress A Day before, but now since the original year of remakes is over, she's featuring reader remakes every week! It's always awesome to see what other people come up with out of a piece of thrift store hideousness.

WooWork isn't new to my feed, but I don't think I've shared it here before. This guy is a MASTER of crochet sculpture. And his stuff is fun!

Dried Figs and Wooden Spools is written by Gillian, whom I've had the pleasure of meeting! (She's so nice!) She and her family recently relocated to a small apartment in NYC and lately her posts have been about the crafty solutions they've found to adapting to a smaller space and all the new experiences of living in the big city after years of Charlottesville.

I hope in these you've found something fun to read, and if you've got any suggestions for me, let me know!