Recently I have been invited by Liesl for this creative blog hop. It's where I answer questions about my creativity and invite three other people to do the same so the blog hopping continues. Thanks for nominating me, Liesl! Here it goes:
What am I working on?
I’m working on several things. First there’s always the knitting (right now I’m frogging an old shawl for the yarn, knitting gloves with fingers for my boyfriend, my November socks for the challenge are on the needles and a baby pixie hat).
In my sketchbook I’m working on my Norge project, a japanese Moleskine that will eventually be a panorama of Norway, or an expression of my love for exploring and longing for being outdoors. It consists of drawings of forests, fjords, mountains and reindeers drawn with a fine line black marker and painted with some bright ecoline colors. On a few pages inspiring words or short quotes pop up.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I don’t think this is applicable to my knitting, as I’m a beginner knitter and haven’t really designed anything yet that would be recognizable as my own. Although maybe pattern choice, yarn choice and color choice could make my projects a typical ‘me’ project. If I'm knitting for myself, it'll probably be greenish colors for small projects or beige/grey for bigger ones. For socks I like any color. I'm also drawn to patterns with a vintage look or feel, determined by the pattern or yarn choice.
For my drawing I guess it’s all about the mediums used, the subject and definitely the ‘thing’ that makes an artist’s work recognizable as his or hers. I’m not really sure what makes my drawings recognizable as my art. I'm more of a sketcher/drawer than a painter. I often draw animals and have a preference for polar bears, deers and wolfs. I have lots of sketchbook filled with more detailed drawings than sketches.
Why do I write/create what I do?
I have this urge to do something with my hands everyday and to get completely lost in all of it. Being the typical introvert, I love to be alone at home in evenings to craft. My parents are crafters too: my mom is a seamstress who made me and my sister's own clothing when we were little. She also made clothing for my Barbie dolls (even tiny knitted sweaters!!) and other dolls, bed linen for the doll's bed that my dad made out of wood. My dad once made an entire Barbie dollhouse with real lighting. So I guess I kind of grew up in the crafting area :-) I’ve also been drawing my entire life and it’s a real therapy for me. When I feel really sad or there are numerous things that worry me, I can always rely on drawing for stress relief. When I recently learned how to knit I discovered that the repeats of knitting stitches has the same calming and therapeutical effect. I also gain much happiness from giving selfmade things to others. I’m not good with words, so usually when I want to show my appreciation for someone I give them something handknitted or a handdrawn card, mostly out of the blue, like when it’s not even their birthday or something. I also make things myself because I can't find what I'm looking for on the market.
How does my writing/illustration/creative process work?
I usually come up with an idea that’s inspired by a song or by nature. Sometimes quotes do the trick. Then the sketchbook is opened and I try different things. I have this one sketchbook that I use for practically everything inspiring from knitting ideas to song lyrics, quotes, sketches, telephone doodlings, noting how many rows I've knitted, trying out fonts,... . It’s important for me to have such a 'scribble' book where I'm allowed to mess up. When I fear messing up my sketchbook, it doesn't always work.
I nominated Camilla, Brandy and Ness to do the same, so watch out for the next two weeks when they'll be posting their creative blog hop!!