I was invited to participate in this world wide artist blog hop by Dedri, of Look What I Made! I’m kind of in love with these sorts of things. They solidify the point of blogging in the first place. Right? Having an artist like Dedri nominate me was very cool. She does amazing work, and I’ve featured it here on the blog. Check out her Amamani Puzzle Balls book. Such an amazing idea!
Artists from all over the world answer these same 4 questions and then nominate 3 (minimum 1) artist to do the same. Those 3 artists will post their answers and nominations a week later. Lots of community building going on here.
I have these 4 questions to answer today.
- Why do I do what I do?
- How does my work differ from others of its genre?
- How does my creative process work?
- What am I working on now?
Why do I do what I do?
I crochet because it makes me happy. It keeps my brain busy, and lets me relax. I’m constantly amazed at what people (myself included) can make with just some string and a crooked stick. It’s indescribable. It also makes me happy when people react to my work…. good or bad. It makes me feel like I’m doing something. Although I do prefer good reactions, where there is smiling and “oh I love that” is involved. That’s what we’re going for here. I love sharing what I do with others, and especially the pattern writing allows me to do that on a more personal level. People (happily) make what I design. That’s just the best feeling in the world.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My work is just different. There’s no way around it. A lot of my larger pieces scream JESS MADE THIS. I make monsters and seem to have developed my own style of crochet when it comes to doll work. I like to use mixed media when possible (always) and I like that I can add my painting skills in the teeth, or sewing skills on an outfit… whatever it takes to make the piece work. I’m trying to keep that same vibe with smaller pieces and even my butts. I’ve yet to see people crochet butts the way that I do. That’s hilarious to me. I’m working on stretching out my style into my crochet patterns also, while still maintaining a balance between me and traditional crochet. It’s really a fun challenge. I have a notebook page filled with designs as of now, so as soon as I get to them we’ll all see more of that mixture.
How does my creative process work?
I guess the answer to this depends on what kind of day I’m having. If I’m having a good day (or days consecutively) I start out with finding something from my list of things to crochet. From there I like to sketch a direction to go in. I never stick to the sketch, so for me it’s really just a rough outline of the finished piece. It’s just nice to get the original idea down on paper, so if I get stuck in the design I have something to look back on.
If I’m in the middle of a funk, I’ll just crochet. I usually can’t concentrate when I’m feeling down, so I wing it for as long as I can handle. I rip a lot of stitches out, I curse, I walk away from what I’m working on, and then I try again after a snack. I’m like a little kid… just one who happens to have a mouth like a sailor.
Sometimes I leave projects in drawers for months, waiting for the right time to be finished. Sometimes I work on 8 things at once… although I’m trying to FOCUS. I need to work more and watch less TV, definitely.
What am I working on now?
Right now I’m in the middle of 3 projects (better than 8). I have a 2 motif blanket that I’ve been working on all summer and am ready to finish up in the next week or so. I also have a Topsy Turvy Monster Doll that I’m just about finished with. These are both going to be crochet patterns available for everyone to buy and then make. There’s also a free crochet pattern that I’m working on. It’s a shawl of some sort. I haven’t worked out the finishing details in my head yet, so it’s on hold until I can wrap my brain around it.
Then I have things like my newsletter revamp and the goodies that will accompany it, and a secret project that I’ll chat more about in the next few weeks.