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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

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: 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


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


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