Crochet a day and other stories

The world appeared to spin a little faster between the end of the Moksha show and now. I was so very focused on the show that there was a catch-up moment. But just 10 days later I was starting a new free form project called ‘crochet a day’. Based loosely on Julia Cameron’s (the artist’s way, 1992) artist pages in which one would ‘free write’ or in this case ‘free crochet’ everyday. Yes…although I often crochet about 25 on every 30 days I managed between 3 – 5 times a week for this project, to truly get to this meditation . I tried to add Another level to my commitment to the ambiguous and start a new page everyday, intermittently working them into one from sept 15 -oct 15.

Lessons learned- most process books the artist’s way, creative license , etc give exercises to do day by day. Although this is useful, and I might investigate this further, setting a parameter for a -month ( a color way, a period of time eg.45min, a general theme or set of stitches to use) and having that as a go to means a new ‘page’ can be embarked upon quickly and without choosing new materials and humming and haing. A quick selection of a theme or set of colors especially- remnant pieces -that are always with you (and an appropriate sized hook) Mirrors what other books say about setting yourself up to succeed.

Also important- no guilt. If you do not succeed to crochet free every day, don’t stress. Set up new parameters every few weeks to keep your interest peaked. As usually the pay off is a utilitarian product, crocheting toward nothing as a meditation means you should refuse assigning a function to your product for the longest possible time. This changes your practice toward the moment rather than the future, the feeling, learning, and creative rather than following someone else’s ideas.

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Pandora Hobby Pandora’s Fibres Artistic Biography-Fibres Pandora Hobby is a fibre artist living and working in Montreal, Quebec. She studied at the Dawson New School (1988-90) examining various art techniques then turned her talents to cultural studies (1992-99) and education (2002-Present) for the duration of her formal training. One day in the mid 80’s, Ms Hobby, then a high school student, had a daydream of her future while repairing a pair of her own worn out jeans. Ms. Hobby knew then that recycling clothes and modifying fibres/ unique textures would drive her work for the rest of her life. Years before, while living in British Columbia she had learned to weave, crochet and knit. By the age of 19 she was working on Montreal’s Mont-Royal avenue with its recycled clothing, ‘friperie’ boutiques as a raccomoder/ finisher. After the birth of the artist’s first child she turned to the medium of fibre as art and hasn’t looked back. Her crocheted works vary between artistic and artisanal. Craft shows and workshops include Puces Pop, kid pop, the Rusty Plum/Madam Coeur, La Lumiere café workshop series, Geek out, Montreal Homelearners, & classes at Ariadne Knits. Her crochet classes revolve around free-form and recycled art themes and she has expanded into work-shopping felt techniques in collaboration with FiberAlley. Since 2009 Ms. Hobby has concentrated on workshopping and writing through Feltunited (2009-present), Old skool craft (2010-present), Expozine (2010) and her blog https://artattackz.wordpress.com. Her first essay/zine on creative process hooked in was released 2010. Spring 2011 brought a fascination with public art and yarnbombing and Ms. Hobby later spoke on this subject at the Greasygoose symposium entitled scraps. Pandora Hobby Pandora fibres Demarche artistique Pandora Hobby est une artiste de fibres basée à Montréal, Québec. Elle a étudié à Dawson New School (1988-90) explorant différentes techniques artistiques, menant ensuite à des études culturelles (1992-99) et de l'éducation (2002-present). Un jour, au milieu des années 80, Mme Hobby, etudiante au secondaire, s’est mise a rever de son avenir en reparant une paire de ses jeans usés. Mme Hobby savais a cet instant que le recyclage des vêtements, la modification des fibres et des textures uniques dominerait ses projets pour le reste de sa vie. Des années auparavant, alors qu'elle vivait en Colombie-Britannique, elle avait appris le tissage, le crochet et tricot. À l'âge de 19 ans, elle a travaillé a Montréal sur l’ avenue du Mont-Royal avec ses vêtements recyclés et ses boutiques «Friperie» en tant que raccomodeuse /finisseur. Après la naissance de sa premiere enfant, elle se tourna vers le milieu de la fibre et n'a pas regardé en arrière. Ses œuvres au crochet varient entre l’artistique et l’artisanale. Des expositions d'artisanat et des ateliers comprennent Puces Pop, kid pop, leRusty Plum / Madame Coeur, La Lumière café série d'ateliers, Geek out, Homelearners Montréal, et les classes à Ariadne Knits. Ses classes crochet autour de thèmes d'art de forme libre et recyclés, et elle a augmenté dans les ateliers les techniques de feutrage en collaboration avec FiberAlley. Depuis 2009 Mlle.Hobby s'est concentrée sur atelier et de l'écriture par le biais Feltunited (2009-présent), Old skool craft (2010-présent), Expozine (2010) et son blog ; https://artattackz.wordpress.com. Son premier essai / zine sur le processus créatif Hooked in est sorti en 2010. Printemps 2011 a apporté une fascination pour l'art public yarnbombing et Mlle.Hobby parla plus tard sur le sujet de scraps au symposium Greasygoose. View all posts by Pan-oramic Fibre Arts

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