08-09: Community Thursday!

A proper community, we should remember also, is a commonwealth: a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members – among them the need to need one another. The answer to the present alignment of political power with wealth is the restoration of the identity of community and economy. – Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

Welcome to my new [hopefully consistent, ahem] feature here on the blog! Community is so important to me, you guys. Without community, I would be nowhere. My friends – many of whom are artists and creative geniuses – support me and cheer me on. My colleagues, the fiberistas who inspire and challenge and boost me to new heights, are my heroes and champions and keep me striving to improve every day. We are an amazing group of artisans, and I’m proud to be a part of the Fiber Arts and their company.

In this spirit, I want to start giving a little shout-out to the things and people who inspire and challenge and educate me, and in turn hopefully give those same things to you. I am nothing without my community. Let me show you how awesome they are.

Wired yarn jewelry awesomeness from Pam Blasko

Wired yarn jewelry awesomeness from Pam Blasko

I love seeing what people make with corespun wire-core yarn! Pam is very clever in using her yarn to best advantage – this jewelry shows off the possibilities of wired yarn in a glorious way!

Source: leebakerart.com via Christiane on Pinterest

I saw this on Facebook and was immediately entranced. This is an installation from Lee Baker – you can see all of Lee’s art online here: http://www.leebakerart.com/

My pal Riin of Happy Fuzzy Yarn is working on getting as local as possible with her business – she wants to take wool from local farmers in her Michigan area and turn that into millspun yarn and top to use and sell in Happy Fuzzy Yarn. She needs some help in initial funding, and will reward investors with their choice of perks, including some of her luscious yarn or fiber. You should go check it out, her stuff is awesome!

So, what is this Disney-ification then? It’s a combination of art and architecture, of humanity and technology. It’s the belief in a single world instead of a selection of divided continents. At night we will light up the sky with fireworks and lanterns. We will walk to our jobs and know our neighbors. We will use our science to cross the world and find common ground in our differences. We will know the mistakes of past generations and use them to fix our future generations. Let’s build colonies on the moon and feed the hungry of the world. All these things are the ideal, the hope that the gift of humanity gives us. – Matthew Naquin, The Disney-fication of Our Future

PSY Blog: Why People Secretly Fear Creative Ideas – http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/12/why-people-secretly-fear-creative-ideas.php

Bridgett's bag with embellishments!

Bridgett’s bag with embellishments made from some fiber batts she got from me. I LOVE seeing what people make with my fiber!

My pal Bridgett has a really great blog, Ramblings of an Uncluttered Mind. She writes about her creative life, plus she features lots of other artist-types – which makes her space one of my favorite places to go for inspiration. I recommend her blog highly!

That’s all for this Thursday – but if you have links you’d like to share, or blogs/artists/writers you think I should be covering, please make sure to mention them here or drop me an email and let me know!