Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Unusual Design

I'm smitten by this shop on Etsy. It's a woman named Clarice who makes beautiful "bubble" shawls and scarves. It seems she lives in Turkey.

It makes me wonder. There are some incredible crochet and other needlework traditions in Turkey that seem to be alive and well, but it's hard to find anything but pictures by Turkish women who are keeping it alive.

From what I can tell, part of the problem with finding information is how the tradition is carried on. By learning to do the basics, learning to really see how something is made, and using a swatch as your pattern.

I've been crocheting a long time and can often look at things and see how they are made to the point of writing a pattern. My Mom taught me, my brother, and sister how to see. That's a tradition that's almost lost in American culture. It seems that we've gotten to the point that everything must be handed to us.

Where's the fun in that?

My challenge to myself from this? I'm going to go get my crochet hook and see if I can figure out how Clarice does those bubbles.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Spy Book and Typewriters

So I was flipping channels the other night and briefly stopped on History Detectives. I stopped and watched for a bit since they often do interesting topics.

This time it was about a spy book. I took one look at that book and my mind went off in all directions.

First, I like journals. They spark my imagination. I started reading old journals that had been written by explorers (both professional and otherwise) a few years ago and find what people write about their trips fascinating.

Second, this journal was typed in lines as close to the edge of the paper and as close together as possible. Who does that? I suppose the writer must have had such bad handwriting that it was necessary to actually sit down at a typewriter, roll in the tiny pieces of paper and type it all up. But then I had to remind myself that typewriters used to be common place. In fact the closest thing to a typewriter that I've seen lately are the fonts I like to use.

Then I thought, wouldn't it be cool to do something that looked like those pages in the spy book.