Saturday, November 28, 2009

Production line and a rant

I've been busy getting some felt bird kits ready for Kraftbomb tomorrow; ran out of light and only managed this photo today. This week has been crazy busy, but thankfully I have a lot of new mirrors and brooches to show for it.
I'm really looking forward to Kraftbomb tomorrow. No offence to all the other craft markets out there, but K'bomb is still the bomb. It really feels like home to me, and the market-goers there seem to understand what I do. I've had some interesting comments this month, most notably from a couple of ladies who told me that I destroy embroidery. Now you know I don't, and I know that too, but it's a shame they saw it that way. Just for the record, I really really love embroidered fabric, and respect the skilled (and not-so-very-skilled) women who created it. I am merely using it in a more modern and appropriate way so that we can enjoy it on a daily basis and not keep it in the moth balls in the linen cupboard. There, I said it. I feel much better now.

12 comments:

Jacqui said...

First off, how bloody rude of those women! I must admit that when I first saw embroidery cut up (not yours I might add) I thought it was a shame. But then I though, well actually what's better - a whole table cloth that no-one will ever use again because that's not how life is nowadays or a bag that will get used every day and admired and valued? It seems like a no-brainer to me. I bought a couple bags from you last K'bomb (or was it the one before?) and thought about this lovely old tablecloth I have that is ripped and why not repurpose it instead of trying to find a use for it and failing because the damage is too great? I think I mentioned it to you actually. Whoever made it deserves to have her work seen and appreciated rather than hidden away. Obviously not all should be sacrificed because the past IS important, but perhaps just a representative sample?

Lesley Webb said...

I hope you responded in that way to those ladies - they don't see it like that do they? Jacqui is right - some pieces should be kept for heirlooms and used when appropriate, or passed down. Repurposing the piles of unwanted stuff is awesome. It's a bit sad though isn't it, that the "embroidery" that our kids are growing up with is the kind found on a pumpkin patch t-shirt.

Bam Bam Creative said...

those ladies had obviously been smoking way too much crack Heleen, what you do is fantastic for goodness sake and if you didn't make the things that you did they would be cluncking around doing nothing.

The people that go to look at craft markets but all they do when they are there is just bad mouth your hard work and precious items right in front of you, need to perhaps rethink their weekend excursions and really just bugger off. Geez, those types really get under my skin. (that's my rant)

See you tomorrow at Kraftbomb! xx

Skipapple said...

Totally agree with the all of the above comments! To be perfectly honest, I am not a huge embroidery fan myself and I much prefer your take on it, rather than the traditional tablecloths.

I think Craft Markets all need a sign at the door — "Leave your negative comments and shitty opinions at the door. Thank you"

I love your stuff and so does anyone with half a brain. Keep trucking along hun and ignore all those negative so and so's!

xxx

The Devonport Craft Market / Cotton Kiwi said...

Those ladies were extremely rude I agree and should we see them again, we will gently remind them that they are not welcome with comments like that. What you do is the modern version of a very long tradition of reusing and repurposing items in a new and beautiful way. If anyone ever makes a comment like that about your work again, you should remind them that their great grandmothers would have cut up their wedding dresses to make christening gowns, that many an 80 year old will tell you stories about going to school school during the depression wearing a pinafore that was made from her father's old suit and that the whole world wide phenomenon of quilting and patchwork is based upon women cutting up clothing and linen from their homes to make something beautiful and practical for their families. What you do is not only a beautiful way of respecting and continuing that tradition, its an inspired way of bringing all those hours of work out of the cupboard and back into the world. Go you I say and a big fat raspberry to those silly women!

Ruby in the Dust said...

wow, thanks so much for these comments, compadres! You've hit the nail on the head, sarah; I'm not the first woman to cut up something old. But in saying that, Jaqui is also right about keeping the good ones; I've got a big stash of precious ones that I would never dream of repurposing.

Mira Design said...

You reuse embroidery in the best way and the things you make are contemporary and useful. What could be better? Storing stuff in boxes in the basement is such a waste. Keep doing what you're doing, you're things are so cool!

Isis said...

Hi there, I know exactly how you feel! I hand-bind journals using old book covers or old records as covers. Most people are quite excited by the idea, but every now and then I get someone who is very offended by it. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I can see where they are coming from, but there is no need to be so rude to the creator about it. I like to think that we are bringing these things back to life to be re-appreciated by new people and a new generation. I have a tonne of embroidered doilies in my house but I will never use them for their intended purpose, and I really appreciate the hard work my nana put into the emboidered table cloths she gave me, but they are just tucked about in a cupboard collecting dust. If we stick to traditions, crafts like embroidery will die out altogether. But they will live on forever if we adapt them in new ways. Well that's what I think anyway... keep doing what you are doing, it is fantastic and inspiring. x isis

Ruby in the Dust said...

thanks so much everyone! a customer just summed it up nicely today: life's like a smorgasbord, pick what you like, but don't spit on the rest.

melissa said...

i'm sorry those ladies were so rude to you! i've had similar comments- because i reuse a lot of embroidered linen to make baby shoes. i try and only use stuff that wouldn't otherwise by seen like damaged pieces. and i have lots that i wouldn't dream of cutting up. :) keep up your beautiful work!

Anna said...

yay go Heleen! A rant once in a while is a good thing! I've been admiring the bag I brought off you yesterday (destined to be a present in the near future) and it simply never occurs to me that your'e cutting the embroidery- I just see them as the new object they are :)

Nonavee said...

You are definitely carrying on and keeping alive something that would otherwise die if not rejuvenated. Way to go sista.