Is it flickr favorites time again, already? Where did that week go? I know I was insanely busy, but I really can’t pinpoint where I spent my time. I can see some autumn influences working their way into my favorites – a couple of photos featuring pumpkins, and a few more warm, orange tones are showing up. And yet again, I’ve managed to favorite two practically identical images from totally different places: the bagels and the yarn. Apparently I had a thing for stacked irregular ovals this week
I took a walk this morning, just me and my trusty mp3 player. It’s the kind of fall day I absolutely love – chilly enough for the air to feel “crisp” but not so cold that I can’t get away with leaving the jacket home. The leaves are just beginning to turn in the yard, and a mile or two down the road, at the entrance to the Great Swamp, the colors are already heading into brilliant territory. The leaves at the Swamp always turn faster than they do at the top of the hill where I live. I plan to take the boys over to have a look at the leaves and the critters shortly, and of course, we’ll be sure to bring the camera.
While I was walking, I listened to Sister Diane of the CraftyPod chat with Anna Torborg, author/editor of The Crafter’s Companion. I have had a copy of that book since June, and it was something I enjoyed reading in the backyard while the children splashed in the pool. Each chapter in the book is written by a different well-known crafty blogger whose task is to answer the questions: Why do you create? What inspires you? How do you work? There are photographs of the blogger’s workspace and creations, and each blogger has also contributed a project. The people featured in the book are at the helm of some very popular blogs, mostly sewing-related. It seems to me, though, that discussions of creativity are relevant to all artsy types regardless of medium.
I haven’t done any of the projects in the book, but I have enjoyed reading the stories. I love reading about what makes an artist “tick.” This book reminds me in a lot of ways of Lindly Haunani & Pierette Brown-Ashcroft’s excellent Artists at Work: Polymer Clay Comes of Age. There are no projects in that book, but loads of pictures of the artists’ work, interviews about their work habits, favorite tools & inspirations. And it’s all done within the realm of polymer clay. It’s a 10-year-old book, so you’re not going to hear from some of the “new” talent in the clay world, but the pioneers in the medium are well-represented. I may need to dig my copy out and keep it handy so I can read through it again in my oodles of spare time
Ok, time to get away from the computer and go find some leaves to crunch underfoot!