Monday, July 18, 2011

Crochet is my Bliss

Monday, July 18, 2011
Ya know how sometimes a word whose complete meaning you're not sure of pops into your head just when you need to use it? I knew "bliss" was the right choice for today's post, but had to look it up just to be sure before sending this message out into cyber-space! "Complete happiness, paradise, heaven": Yep these words fit the bill and describe what my crochet means to me.

Most days crochet engages me in conversations with others. Today while being tested for allergies, I was asked what my job is. Designer/author; it led to conversation about patience, beauty bedspreads in fine thread and my favorite thing to crochet. I told the nurse that crochet art and covering rocks in crochet pique my interest. When I told her that I also covered a frying pan in wire crochet, her reaction was less surprise and more awe that I would have the patience for such things!

"Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire!"

She also asked if I could think about other things while crocheting and I assured her that I can multi-task and also float into the relaxation zone with my crochet.

I had made a note to my self to talk about crochet as art and in particular my crochet art this week, so we'll segue down that road here. I was very pleased with an interview about me done by Marie at the undergroundcrafter this week. She did a superb job of weaving my answers to her questions and many links skillfully to give me some great exposure. Marie described me as a "crochet artist." I was pleased by that, but I would say I've been more of an advocate for crochet as art.Since 1994 I have promoted crochet as art, not only by juried exhibits at the annual Crochet Guild conferences but in other venues as well. My crowing glory, I have to say, was the traveling crochet art exhibit, "Rhythm of Crochet," that traveled the country as part of the Tenth Anniversary celebration of CGOA!
"Rhythm of Crochet" traveling juried art exhibit

You can read Marie's interview of me here: Marie stressed my art and it got me to thinking that I haven't written much lately about my art or shared my latest wacky creations. Think of this as a pictorial essay:
"Memories of Honduras" Mixed Media: Cloisonne cabochon, yarn, metallic thread, beads. Bead-Crochet CAL at cro-Kween Designs
"Aunt Mary & Me" Mixed Media: ceramic mask, crochet, jelly yarn.

Mixed Media: Grapevine Basket

Crocheting with Porcelain: business card holder.

Famous Face Series: Frida Kahlo

If I get through the measuring for new granite countertops tomorrow morning, I will feel like I am home free to sit back with a blank calendar and wait for baby grandboy to arrive. His due date is 7/22, just 4 days from now. Just this minute Nicole called to report that she had some strong contractions last night and they started up again just now!! Things are happening. The contractions are erratic, 7 minute, 10 minutes apart, but it is surely a sign that he's on his way!

I have my crochet bag packed should there be time and another bag is half started. Hmm, better get on that tonight!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

WOW! Your slideshow is beyond words. Stunning, very, very, creative and I was in awe. I want to learn how to crochet!!