I’ve never thought of myself as crafty or, really, very creative. I can’t even make up a joke, much less draw. I think my one high point in my drawing career came in Mr. Parrot’s elementary school art class when I drew circles in the background to represent a ton of people. impressive I know. but apparently this was amazing for a third grader to figure out, or maybe it was just amazing to him. I tried to learn piano, but didn’t care for it. I learned to play the guitar, but my family eventually got pretty sick of that. I did find photography in high school and decided to go with that path.
somehow that path led me to grad school, where I wasn’t just thinking, breathing, and eating photography, but I was delving into other crafts as well. I fell in love with embroidery and started to devour it. I couldn’t get enough of those little cotton floss packs, patterns, or stitch books. I don’t even remember what I was stitching and I can’t find anything I made since I gave most of it away. but trust me when I say I got good, so good that I didn’t need those transfers anymore. and then I moved on. I think just the fact that I own anything embroidered tells you why I gave up. there was another reason though, a sewing machine.
If I remember correctly, I learned to knit and sew around the same time, but sewing interested me more because a)it’s so much faster, b)I wanted some skirts, c)it’s fast, d)it can be a lot cheaper to pick up (especially if you receive a free sewing machine), e)the fabric! my god, the fabric!!, and f)you use a machine, which is fast. like most people, my first few projects were skirts and some tote bags. I liked it enough, but eventually I realized that I did not have the patience for it at all. all the cutting, aligning, lining, unjamming and everything else that went with it got on my nerves. unlike knitting, where it’s you, the yarn, and the needles, in sewing I had this machine that I didn’t really understand and it didn’t want to cooperate. if my knitting tension is off, I switch needles. if my sewing tension is off, I spend an hour figuring out which way to move the dial, realizing that I should have only turned it 1mm, and then trying to get both the bottom and top threads to to play nice with each other.
needless to say I don’t sew anymore. the doctors said it wasn’t good for my blood pressure and I have to agree with them. by the end of grad school I only had time for photography and knitting kind of worked itself in there (it’s light, portable, and I can stuff it in my camera bag unlike, say, a sewing machine). unfortunately, I haven’t really had time for the ‘art side’ of photography in a long time. forget about using big, bulky cameras and going to the darkroom to develop film and to print. I ‘sold out’ and went digital while my film sits in the freezer waiting for me. it’s pretty depressing to think about how I haven’t shot anything worthwhile in maybe a year. that is life, what can you do.
and what does all of this have to do with anything? I’ve decided to let go of a few things I know I won’t be using. maybe somebody out there will want or appreciate what I ignore, so on every monday there will be a give-away following bugheart’s ‘great monday give-away‘ guidelines. I have enough to entertain me, so why not spread the love?