Nov 12, 2007

Tagged

Sheila tagged me for this creativity meme. Go check out her Angel of the Rock quilt - it's really lovely.

1. When did you start and make craft?
I was always puttering around with something. Latchhook, candlewicking, making elaborate Barbie "houses" that took up the whole living room. At the same time, I was really bad at art in school and really good at most of the other subjects, so despite the puttering, I had this idea that making stuff wasn't my thing. Then when I was about 22, I decided to crochet a blanket for my new baby nephew. I loved it and after that I never questioned the need to create.

2. Why did you start creating?

I don't know. My mom is very talented and was always making stuff so maybe part of it was wanting to be like her. Looking back now I can see that there are a lot of very creative people on both sides of my family, so maybe it's just hardwired into my brain.

3. Why do you create?

Partly because I have to. I guess it's the hardwiring...I get itchy and cranky if I'm not making something. Also I find working with my hands to be very soothing and I love the "in the zone" feeling I get when I'm totally focused on creating something. Making something that "looks cool" is a tremendous rush and something I get a lot of satisfaction from. Creating has become such an integral part of my identity that it's hard to step back and analyze the why.

4. What do you create?

Quilts, embroidery, mixed media collage/paper quilts, delicious meals and baked goodies, home dec stuff, a bit of knitting and crochet, whatever strikes my fancy.

5. How has this changed since you began crafting?

I define when I began crafting as making the baby blanket for the nephew because that's when I really began crafting with intention. So back then I crocheted a lot and then I did a lot of cross stitch and then I did a lot of traditional quilting. The main difference is that I used to be happy using patterns and now I prefer to make it up myself. Same thing with cooking - I used to be content just following recipes, but now I consider a recipe to be just a suggestion. Also, having done this stuff for a while now, my skills have naturally developed to the point that the finished product is usually much closer to the initial idea than it used to be.

I'm tagging Melissa and Jenn and anyone else who feels like doing this meme. Please leave a comment if you do.

2 comments:

The Idaho Beauty said...

Thanks for the plug, Nikki. And thanks for doing this. I found your answers very interesting. I guess I can't imagine that anyone who is doing any kind of crafts hasn't been doing it since a child. Maybe the fact that you discovered it as a young adult gives it even more meaning for you than for someone who has always had it a part of their life.

Looking forward to seeing what else you come up with.

solje said...

ok.. I am hoping you only get ONE comment from me. HAving problems this morning, no comment :-)

I finished answering the meme :-)

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and I am totally impressed that you went jogging, BTW!