Weekend Handmade by Kelly Wilkinson. I like that mine shows where we tried to plant something and franklin's indicates where there is chaos and mystery. Gardening with a toddler or folks with disabilities (one of my other jobs) certainly introduces plenty of chaos into a garden. After this brief photo shoot he pulled all the markers into a neat pile, ate some mint and whacked rose bushes with a stick. Then we went into the back patch where he uncovered quite a handful of beans to see if the water had "woken them up" yet.
Along with poking in the dirt, I am super interested in the cultural phenomenon that is Pinterest. In fact these photos are as much about me practicing taking "Pinnable" images as it is about showing off garden crafts or franklin. With so many creative individuals documenting every detail of their lives, it can feel impossible to be unique. And looking at so many delicious boards can make one envious and seething with desire. But then there is a beauty in discovering these common desires: quirky work zones, gorgeous flowers, people on bicycles, delicious food, fantastic shoes, children who cooperate with photo shoots, the time to construct things from pallets and mason jars....
I had been fairly dismissive of Pinterest (partially due to the cranky old computer) until I read this blog post by Megan Auman. It got me excited about the nature of visual communication and inspired to improve my own camera skills to share my take on craft and recycling. Although there are lots of "ideas to steal"on Pinterest (or etsy), I think when it comes to making objects by hand, the very act of making it with your own hands will change it. And in those slow stitches, it becomes your own. And how awesome is that to put images out into the virtual world that inspire people to make their lives a little more cozy and lovely?
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
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|which came first, the chicken or the folk art?|