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Craft Resolutions 2012: Tara Jon Manning

artwork by Michelle Edwards

To welcome this New Year, we thought it might be fun to talk to some of our Living Crafts friends- present and past contributors, all very creative people, and see what goals, visions and dreams inspire their craft resolutions for 2012!

Tara's cardigan design in the Winter 2010 Issue

Tara Jon Manning’s Craft Resolutions for 2012:

  ” 2012 is a year of making. Making making making – making art, making felt, making garments,  making paintings and drawings.  Whatever I see in my creative imagination, I will make it in the media best suited for it – some I know, some that I may not even know about yet.

   In all this making I am most interested in continuing to explore the blending of “craft” and art, to mix things up and to continue to work with the idea of craft/handwork as an expression of spirituality.  Letting go and acting without agenda, in 2012 I will explore the ways we are transformed through what we make. 

   With a strong nature connection, I endeavor to be stay simple and inspired.  It is so easy for me to go off the rails with ideas and complexities – sometimes loosing the essence of whatever I was inspired to do in the first place.  My intention is to get out of my own way and watch the process and the project evolve. 

  

  In 2012 I resolve to spend more time in the studio, even if it is just to drink a cup of tea or sweep the floor.  The rhythm of discipline is easy to jump out of, very difficult to get back into.  I also resolve to publish more small projects.  Handwork folios, a small knitting collection, or whatever arrives, I want to share and inspire as I have been gifted and inspired.  Best wishes to all for a beautifully creative and inspired 2012.  Make and make and make and share and share and share.”

 


Author, artist, handworker, mom and maker Tara Jon Manning lives in Boulder, Colorado with her two sons, husband and dog Roxy.  She is often found playing with sticks, mud, cookie dough, wool, paint and fabric.  Visit Tara at tarajonmanning.com.

Posted by Living Crafts on Jan 20, 2012 08:51 AM | No Comments

Craft Resolutions-Angela Mobley

artwork by Michelle Edwards

To welcome this New Year, we thought it might be fun to talk to some of our Living Crafts friends- present and past contributors, all very creative people, and see what goals, visions and dreams inspire their craft resolutions for 2012!

Angela's famous dragon from the Fall 2011 issue

Angela Mobley’s Craft Resolutions for 2012

“What a rich topic!   My dreamings include slow processes. I feel that I am always looking for a faster way to work…it is completely joyful, wildly abandoned, free, and very experimental.  It is also chaotic, too busy, and disorganized. So, my creative goal for this year is to engage in slow processes, and see what inspiration comes from a flow that is peaceful joy rather than rambunctious joy. I truly believe that both kinds of creative joy can of course co-exist, and they even need each other. But, for me, in the pace of life as mother, teacher, and maker, there is always room to slow things down and invite spirit in a peaceful way.

I have started this movement within myself already. I created a metaphor of a beautiful clearing in the forest and me sitting in the clearing. I am enjoying myself, and singing loudly for the birds and deer to come join me. But they would not, until I was still. In the stillness, when I wasn’t looking, I was surrounded by forest creatures. This is my picture I will carry for myself….to be the one sitting in stillness, silently noticing inspiration, and inviting a creative flow that feels powerful in its quiet.”

“In practice, the stillness looks like this:  I purchased a beautiful Border Leicester fleece from an Ohio sheep farm. This is the slow process I need, and want: to wash a fleece, to card it by hand, to spin it, and to dye and knit it , maybe one of Christine’s triangle shawls from Living Crafts Fall 2011.  I have already been tempted to use the drum carder instead of the hand cards. But no, I am going to enjoy this very slowly and cultivate my ability to savor.

Much happiness to you and yours (that goes for everyone)!”

a boy and his dragon

 

Angela Mobley is a regular contributor to Living Crafts Magazine, including designing the wonderful dragon on the cover of Living Crafts Fall 2011. Angela has worked as a seamstress and a music teacher, but her favorite job is the one she’s had for nine years now: handwork teacher. You can read more about Angela and her creative process at her website: The Indigo Rabbit.

 

 

Posted by Living Crafts on Jan 14, 2012 09:23 PM | No Comments

Craft Resolutions- Elizabeth Seward

artwork by Michelle Edwards

To welcome this New Year, we thought it might be fun to talk to some of our Living Crafts friends- present and past contributors, all very creative people, and see what goals, visions and dreams inspire their craft resolutions for 2012!

Please join us in celebrating this new year, filled with potential, craft and creativity, by reading our craft resolutions and sharing your own, in our comments section!

Elizabeth Seward’s Craft Resolutions for 2012:

  New Year, New Beginnings!

After a challenging year in 2011, I am resolved to move forward consistently this year into work I love, and that also nourishes me.

  I am calendaring in two hours of writing time five days per week, and my resolution is to stick to this 80% of the time. My dearest hope is to complete (and publish) a book that has been simmering on the back burner for a while: Teaching through Stories: Jane and Jeremy Learn to Knit. I love to write, and to tell stories, and to teach, and to knit, so this project brings together several pieces of myself.

 At the same time, I am launching my website, newly designed by a young man who was my knitting student when he was in 1st grade. More than handwork, even more than teaching handwork skills, I love to teach how to teach them.

Stepping into the grandmother role, nurturing the joy of teaching in others and visiting and mentoring handwork teachers in their classrooms, the warp and weft of my life is coming together to make a fine and serviceable fabric. It feels like a tartan mohair blanket: light, warm and lustrous!

 

 

 

Elizabeth Seward is a regular contributor to Living Crafts Magazine’s Evolving through Craft feature. She teaches spinning, knitting and other textile arts to community groups, and shares her enthusiasm for Waldorf Education with parents of young children, home-schooling parents and graduate students. You can read more about Elizabeth and her work at www.workofourhands.net.

Posted by Living Crafts on Jan 8, 2012 02:05 PM | 3 Comments

Craft Resolutions: Tricia Drake

artwork by Michelle Edwards

To welcome this New Year, we thought it might be fun to talk to some of our Living Crafts friends- present and past contributors, all very creative people, and see what goals, visions and dreams inspire their craft resolutions for 2012!

Please join us in celebrating this new year, filled with potential, craft and creativity, by reading our craft resolutions and sharing your own, in our comments section!

 

Baby Cocoon designed by Tricia and featured in Living Crafts Summer 2011

Tricia Drake’s Craft Resolutions for 2012

“My business currently focuses on chunky knitwear designs for newborns, but since my own last “newborn” is now 2 years old, I’d like to focus on growing my pattern collection to include toddler (and larger) sizes, as well as adding new designs for toddlers and older children. I have 7 of my own models ranging from 2 to 14 – might as well use them!

Fun Toddler Legwarmers by Tricia

“And I should really write another book. Of course, I’ve been saying that since March when my first book came out. But a new book with chunky knitting patterns for toddlers would be such fun! Cheers to getting that done in 2012!

Tricia with her beautiful family

“Personally – I want to knit more for my children this year. With all of the knitting I do for my customers, it’s a shame that until this Christmas, none of my children owned anything knit by me!”

 

Tricia Drake is the founder and designer of TrickyKnits. She is also the author of Welcoming Home Baby, published bySeller’s Publishing, Inc. You can read more about Tricia and her work on FaceBook, and purchase her knitwear, patterns and supplies in her Shop.

Posted by Living Crafts on Jan 6, 2012 06:12 PM | 2 Comments

Craft Resolutions: Melissa Crowe

artwork by Michelle Edwards

To welcome this New Year, we thought it might be fun to talk to some of our Living Crafts friends- present and past contributors, all very creative people, and see what goals, visions and dreams inspire their craft resolutions for 2012!

Please join us in celebrating this new year, filled with potential, craft and creativity, by reading our craft resolutions and sharing your own, in our comments section!

Melissa's Felt Board from Living Crafts Fall 2010

Melissa Crowe’s Craft Resolutions for 2012:

“In 2012, I hope to finally write that craft book proposal I’ve had brewing in my mind for a couple of years.

Melissa's Felt Play

“I’d also like to learn to produce digital patterns for appliqué kits. I’d like to spend more time in aimless artistic play, just me, my materials, and a glorious, empty hour here and there.”

 

Melissa Crowe  is the talented textile designer  who created the Felt Board for Living Crafts Fall 2010.  The Felt Board was a huge hit in the Living Crafts booth at the Green Festival in Los Angeles last Fall. You can read more about Melissa and her work on Melissa’s Blog, at her Shop, and on Facebook.

Posted by Living Crafts on Jan 5, 2012 10:34 AM | No Comments

Craft Resolutions: Christine Schreier

artwork by Michelle Edwards

To welcome this New Year, we thought it might be fun to talk to some of our Living Crafts friends- present and past contributors, all very creative people, and see what goals, visions and dreams inspire their craft resolutions for 2012!

Please join us in celebrating this new year, filled with potential, craft and creativity, by reading our craft resolutions and sharing your own, in our comments section!

Flower Children by Christine from Living Crafts Spring 2008

Christine Schreier’s Craft Resolutions for 2012:

In January, I will move back to Sebastopol to be closer again with the Waldorf Community where most of my friends come from and in this process to establish my business also as retail ‘asset.’ But with this, most importantly, to establish it in a co-op fashion. Getting away from the ‘one does it all’, to ‘many hands making easy work’, also helping and supporting one other. I believe cooperation is the way of the future. I have been a member of many different co-ops in the places wherever I’ve lived, and now I hope to be able to be part of forming one again. Where I move, I will have space to establish a Work-Shop-Store to start. By Fall I hope to be able to see if that is the way to continue or maybe move the store to an more prominent space. But for now I feel good about the prospect as it is.”

Gnomes designed by Christine in Living Crafts Fall 2010

   “Also there is a part of my mind ‘working’ on a plan of establishing a project working with indigenous people, mostly probably women.  Friends, parents of my late ‘Godchild’ Haley (I was not really, but she did feel I was her Godmother) who was deaf, are on a healing journey. They have been sailing the waters off Mexico this last year. There they encountered a community with a group of deaf children.  In this part of the world, this means no education and a life in misery.  I was talking with my friends about this and I have some ideas of maybe establishing a co-op there. When, what form, or if it will come in existence will need to be seen. I certainly do not have the means to finance something like this, but I feel if this is something worthwhile the funds will comes together one way or the other. So I keep this in my heart and will nurture it this way and maybe 2012 will be the year for it to bloom into a viable project. My friends will be visiting there again in January and February and look further into the possibility.

  Besides that I will just keep doing what I have been doing all along and loving it!

  Wishing you a most wonderful and expansive 2012!!”

Christine Schreier is a regular contributor to Living Crafts magazine, and is the owner and designer of The Puppenstube. She is a gifted, self taught toy designer and handwork teacher who has made dolls for over 30 years. She is grateful to turn her passion for handwork, into her full time occupation.

Her photo here shows the Crazy Blanket featured in the Fall 2009 issue of Living Crafts.  This blanket is knitted all in one piece!  You can read more about Christine and see her wonderful work at thePuppenstube.com.

 

Posted by Living Crafts on Jan 4, 2012 08:32 AM | No Comments

Craft Resolutions: Harmony Susalla

artwork by Michelle Edwards

To welcome this New Year, we thought it might be fun to talk to some of our Living Crafts friends- present and past contributors, all very creative people, and see what goals, visions and dreams inspire their craft resolutions for 2012!

Please join us in celebrating this new year, filled with potential, craft and creativity, by reading our craft resolutions and sharing your own, in our comments section!

Harmony Art fabric at Photo shoot for Summer 2011 Living Crafts Organic Fabric Article

Harmony Susalla’s Craft Resolutions for 2012:

  “I have been mulling this question for some time…. and I guess the answer would be…
   I live near three Pomo Indian rancherias and have been very impressed with their basket making. I’d like to learn how to make a traditional pine needle basket. In my mother’s front yard is a Canary Island Pine tree which has very long needles. I hear it is perfect for making the baskets. So my goal for 2012 is to make a basket for my mom using the needles from her tree.”

Branch from Harmony's mother's Canary Island Pine

Pine basket made by Barbara Fast

  “My business goal for 2012 business wise is to offer LOW minimum EXCLUSIVE designs printed in the USA on organic cotton fabrics to small businesses. At the moment we are testing the base fabric and if all goes well, we should be able to roll out this option to our existing wholesale customers in the first quarter of 2012.”


Harmony Susalla is the owner and designer for Harmony Art, an organic fabric company featuring GOTS certified, fresh, colorful solids and prints. Designs are inspired by nature and created to protect it. Strictly organic since 2005.

You can read more about Harmony and her work in this Living Crafts Blog post: My Life My Craft: Harmony Susalla

 

 

 

Posted by Living Crafts on Jan 3, 2012 06:03 AM | 1 Comment

Craft Resolutions- Nicola Brown

artwork by Michelle Edwards

To welcome this New Year, we thought it might be fun to talk to some of our Living Crafts friends- present and past contributors, all very creative people, and see what goals, visions and dreams inspire their craft resolutions for 2012!

Please join us in celebrating this new year, filled with potential, craft and creativity, by reading our craft resolutions and sharing your own, in our comments section!

Felt Pouches by Nicola Brown

Nicola Bown’s Craft Resolutions for 2012:

My New Year’s resolution is to keep my New Year’s resolutions!!!  Every year I plot and plan but never manage to stay on track.  This year I won’t beat myself up when I start to slip but rather refresh my goals and start again.  During January and February I will …..

  • declutter my studio (I can’t get in the door today!) and office
  • finish writing the new book with Chrissie Day
  • prepare the kits I have been planning for beginners and improving felters and get them up online
  • consistently felt new items to showcase at Borris Farmer’s Market each Friday
  • declutter my studio again!

From March onwards I will …..

  • keep up to date with all of the above
  • strive to work towards my second solo exhibition
  • prepare a submission for ‘Sculpture in Context’
  • add new venues to my international teaching schedual
  • declutter my studio!

 

As you can see from these resolutions, tidying features highly.  This is because I am a disaster in the house and keeping my office and studio in order would allow me more time to felt and reflect on my potential exhibition work.  I wish everyone all the best for a happy and creative 2012 and keep up the good work at Living Crafts!

Nicola Brown is a feltmaker based in Ireland. Together with Chrissie Day she has written the  book: From Felt to Friendship which was reviewed in the Fall 2011 issue of Living Crafts. You can read more about Nicola’s work at her website/blog:  Clasheen by Nicola Brown

Posted by Living Crafts on Jan 2, 2012 09:25 AM | 4 Comments

Craft Resolutions- Michelle Edwards

artwork by Michelle Edwards

To welcome this New Year, we thought it might be fun to talk to some of our Living Crafts friends- present and past contributors, all very creative people, and see what goals, visions and dreams inspire their craft resolutions for 2012!

Please join us in celebrating this new year, filled with potential, craft and creativity, by reading our craft resolutions and sharing your own, in our comments section!

We’d love to hear from you too! What are your craft resolutions for 2012?
Do you have….
A new craft skill you would like to learn this year?
A new method to you’d like to add to your craft tool kit?
A new tool for your craft?
A project you would like to start/finish this year?
An inspiration (nature, travel, person, place?) for 2012?

Please leave a comment here, and if you have a blog post, a link too!

We start the New Year by Michelle Edwards’ Craft Resolution:

  “In 2011, many travel commitments and writing obligations related to my new book, A Knitters Home Companion, took me away from my own creative projects. Busy with new deadlines, I rushed through days and weeks. I even hurried my knitting, once my greatest relaxation.

  In October, returning home from my last big trip, I painted my studio– one whole wall a chalkboard green, and the others, a sunny yellow. I rearranged the furniture. Then I bought a big box of colored chalk, and on the green chalkboard wall, I doodled in my goals and dreams. Leaving rush and hurry behind me, in 2012, I am inviting joy and playfulness into my bright lovely space. Already covering my drawing table are sketches and new story ideas.

  Just the other day, I took out my copy of Selbuvotter: Biography of a Knitting Tradition by Terri Shea. When the book first came out several years ago, I skimmed through it. But for some reason, recently I have been thinking about how much I would enjoy knitting one, two, or three pairs of the Selbuvotter mittens. What might I learn from stitching the year 1932 across NHM#10, my favorite pattern in the book? What connections might I make with those mittens and their knitters? Was there a story waiting to be found in a Selbu eight-pointed star or an eyelet cuff? Slowly, in 2012 I hope to find out.”

Michelle Edwards,  author and illustrator of A Knitter’s Home Companion. You can read more about Michelle’s work at www.michelledwards.com  and follow her on FaceBook at   www.facebook.com/michelledwardsbooks .

 

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Posted by Living Crafts on Jan 1, 2012 10:42 AM | 9 Comments























  




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