voog, artist, responded to some of my questions
living thru experimental crochet
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may 15, 2005
in the beginning...
A: you'd think i would
have something to say about this, but, strangely, i don't! but whoever
came up with it, i would sure like to personally thank them! who knew
something so simple could yield infinite combinations of results? just
with a stick and string? genius!
A: i discovered pluckyfluff's
yarn on ebay when i was searching for handspun, and i was completely captivated
immediately! i had never seen yarn like that and it opened up a whole
new world for me! she was my inspiration to take up spinning!
A: i do like to take
the yarn i am going to use and make it into a perfect sphere by hand.
by this process, i get to know each inch of the yarn before i create something
with it, and it helps me to get a feeling for what the yarn wants to be
:) and then it's so pretty afterwards, too, because i have a total orb
fetish. sometimes i like the yarn so much as an orb, it's hard for me
to want to create anything else with it!
A: just the crochet
hook and a pair of nice stainless steel scissors :) i like wooden crochet
hooks best because they just feel so nice in my hand. i like to think
that the crochet hook, itself, contains within it certain "frequencies/codes/vibrations"
that adds to whatever it is i am making. and then the yarn itself has
a "frequency", and then I have a "frequency", and
then the day and the hour has it's own, too. so when you combine all of
these elements together, it defines what kind of "soup" i'll
be making that day :) for instance an ebony hook with white mohair might
yield different results than a plastic hook with the same mohair. but
then again, i am kind of a new age freak with a big imagination and it's
fun to think these things, whether they be true or not :)
A: when i first start
a project i am most likely to go with colour first. like if on a day i
am feeling earthy, i will pick up some earthy coloured yarn. if i'm feeling
really firey, i will be more drawn to pick up red yarn. i usually have
many projects going at once because the colours i want to work with change
daily with my moods. it's really difficult for me to crochet with a yarn
that is not a colour i am resonating with that day. then the yarn, itself,
will dictate to me what it wants to be. so if i am in a fanciful mood
i will pick a yarn that wants to be fanciful. if i am in a more utilitarian
mood, i will go with a plainer yarn.
A: well, i kind of started
to explain the beginning of it in the previous
A: photographs and tv.
i wish i lived by the ocean! i'm also very into plants and things, too.
so i pay attention to roots and how things sprout, and i love weird gourds
and pumpkins. and when i am on a plane i love to see how the look of the
land from above seems to reflect the inside of bodies.
A: i haven't crocheted much this year, sadly, due to a bunch of personal family tragedies that really sucked up a lot of my energy. but i'm trying to get back into the swing of things now. what i learn from crochet and keep relearning, is that i need to take things one step at a time and to be patient. and that if i just keep making small baby steps, one stitch at a time, i will eventually arrive somewhere. crochet says to me, slow down and be in the "now". because now is all we have.
i'd like to learn someday
how to read patterns. but i don't know if i ever will because my mind
sort of shuts off when i have to concentrate in that way. but i'd like
to just figure it out so i could make a really cool doily, just to learn
from that kind of symmetrical kind of crocheting. i love lace and doilies
and i sigh at the beauty of it and wish i had the discipline to make that
sort of thing.
A: no, i haven't taught
anything yet. maybe i will someday. i did take my spinning class with
my fiber partner-in-crime, fuzzybumblebee
:) she teaches things there. you should interview her next! i might write
a book about freeform crochet someday and just teach that way.
A: ah, i just answered
that question in the previous questions :) but basically, again, fuzzybumblebee
and i were so inspired by pluckyfluff's yarn that we had to learn! so
we took a class at the textile center :)
A: so far, i haven't
really enjoyed doing commissions. i get really stressed out that it won't
be good enough or won't meet the expectations for the person i am making
it for, and that kind of paralyzes me. and also because i can't make the
same thing twice and a lot of the time people want a reproduction of something
i have made previously. although i do have things in my head i would like
to make for certain people. like i know exactly what i would want to make
for bjork and i have this great crocheted funky jumpsuit thing in my head
for andre 3000 :) and if sun ra were still alive, i certainly could have
made him a LOT of outfits!
A: i've been wanting
to sew for decades which is why i drag that machine with me everywhere
and keep it out it in a place of prominence and why i've dragged 200 pounds
worth of fabric with me for the last several decades, because i knew that
SOMEDAY i would want to sew really amazing things. and the time for me
to sew them, finally, is upon me now as the creations are being solidified.
or actually not the creations so much as the PROCESS of the creations.
and it's because of crocheting and the process of crocheting which allowed
me and taught me and brought me to this point, finally, where i am able
to let go and not worry i am going to "ruin" my fabric by sewing
A: i really love mohair,
but then i also love silk and flax! and tencel...and....chenille... man,
i just love so much about all those. i love them all for different reasons.
i will always be drawn to touch the mohair first because i like things
that are fuzzy because it's so fun to touch! i'm still looking for the
perfect fiber for me. what i actually want is something that will keep
it's shape like acrylic, but will not shrink or felt, and will still be
soft, like silk. i will probably have to buy myself a drum carder someday
and come up with the perfect combination of fibers for myself to do what
A: the perfect red is
just like sex to me when i find it. it's the red that is the a coca cola
can. a blueish red, not an orange red or a burgundy red or a purpely or
pinkish red. it's so hard to find! but when i find it i just feel like
yummmmmm. it's so powerful. it gives me strength to see it. it kind of
says to me "fuck me but don't fuck with me". ha :) well, there
is a little insight into the state of my mind right now :)
A: fuzzybumblee asked
me this a few months ago. and i think my answer was...a sort of alpaca
type creature with silver fur that is as strong as steel, and keeps it's
shape like wire, but is as soft as angora. but part of it would be this
special silver alpaca would live on a planet where a certain plant would
grow that had pods on it that would stick into the alpaca's fur like burrs,
and if ever one of these pods would break open a little pleasant sound
would come out like a little "ooo" or "ahhh" or "purrr",
and so this would be part of the fiber because it would be an integral
part of the fur you could not remove. so that after you crocheted with
it and wore whatever it is you made with it, once in awhile one of these
pods would break open and give off a little happy sound.
A: it's not always clear.
at first everything ended up being a hat even when i tried to make it
into something else! i have about 3 sweaters i have been working on for
the past year, but i never seem to finish them. i've made a lot of sleeves
to things...that i don't know what they belong to yet. it just seems that
so far almost everything i've made turns into a hat. i just don't have
a clue why! if i dig any deeper into this question i might drive myself
crazy. ha :)
A: it's both. just a
documentation of my process and also my finished projects and a way to
share this with the public in case they are interested :) it's also my
place to share links to other cool fibery things i've found. just a place
to share information. btw, i just hate the word "fiber". we
need to come up with a new word for it. everytime i say "fiber"
i think of metamucil or something!
A: a hat is so many
things. it can be a crown, it can be beacon, it can be a thing you use
for protection, to hide, something to comfort, something to announce.
A: i don't
really see the difference between these 2 things.
A: oh yes, it's very
interesting for me to see my hats on people as opposed to my mannequins.
they become different on each person who wears it. i also love to put
my hats on men and show men that they can break out and be more daring
in their clothing choices. i also love how people see themselves in a
new light when they try on my hats. when i put my hats on my models for
the first time it was just a joy to see them all giggling and going "wow"
and seeing themselves in this new way.