Monday, August 29, 2011

Fabric Design Dabbling

I am so excited to share my latest artistic medium. Fabric.


I recently found Spoonflower, the website which lets you sell and buy fabric designed by individual artists and crafters.
Since I make hand carved stamps, I thought it would be really fun to use images of some of those stamps to create fabric designs. I am beyond pleased with the results!
A select few of my designs are currently for sale through spoonflower, with more to become available in the future.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Crochet


My view of crochet as a craft has evolved over the coarse of my life.
I've had quite a long relationship with the skill, as I was taught at a very young age by my great-grandmother who gave me somewhat forced lessons.
I used to see it as a dated craft (something that great-grandmothers do), something that couldn't achieve the polished look of knitting. This, I'm sure, was partially due to my materials (cheap acrylic yarns) and from my lack of skill (I truly only learned very basic skills as a child, then taught myself more advanced stitches later)
Now, as I take my skill and imagination to new places with crochet I am always delighted at the utter versatility of this craft. The sculptural possibilities. The ease of creating what I imagine.

For example:
I had a vision of fiddlehead ferns. I had to make them! Crochet seemed like an obvious choice. And, after a few experiments and a bit of tweaking I came to these beauties:

Just as life is what we make it, so are the skills that we learn. I feel like my understanding with crochet is applicable to any craft. As our skills grow, our imagination can be put into tangible items, and any craft can be taken to amazing levels of beauty and versatility!

To take a look at some of my older crochet work check this out: Humble Beginnings