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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























  




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