Today I want to introduce you to Tania Ennor – 2011 Whipup Calendar’s Miss November: www.myrtleandeunice.com
I asked all the calendar girls a few questions:
1. What were your early craft influences/experiences?
The very first time I ever felt that overwhelming need to ‘make’, I was fourteen or so and I spent some hard earned pennies on fabric for a skirt. Without a notion and certainly without a pattern, I spread the fabric on the floor and did the next logical thing: I rolled. Lay on the floor, lined up waist with fabric edge and rolled. 360 degrees of precision skirt measuring – with a bit extra for the seam. I wore that skirt for years. I wish, I wish, I wish I still had it now. After that, I didn’t do anything even faintly crafty for twenty five years.
2. When did you start getting serious about making stuff – what was the ‘light bulb’ moment for you?
Four years ago, I learnt to knit via Google and YouTube. It was an urge that came out of nowhere. My light bulb moment was when I realised that getting serious about making stuff took away the joy. The trick for me, the thing that gets the pulse racing, is the mischief, the silly, the unexpected, the whim, the Why Not? That’s the sort of thing that has me seriously obsessed. Plus I get a kick out of learning how to do stuff.
3. Name three of your favourite artist/maker/designers who have influenced your artistic direction or your craft practice?
1. My boss at Pentagram Design, London. I spent five years learning from one of the masters. John McConnell is responsible for my love of wit, cliché and an idea with legs.
2. Alan Fletcher, another Pentagram Design great. He taught me the art of looking sideways.
3. People who make stuff ‘just because’. People who make stuff and leave a small mark that might make somebody else smile. People who know that making isn’t always about a practical objective – that sometimes it’s about capturing imagination.
4. What is your favourite material/product to work with? And what three things could you not do without in your craft room?
Screenprinting is all about the love and hate for me. I don’t have enough time, nor enough space and it is endlessly frustrating to have a million ideas pop into my head, fly in the sky, only to be shot down by practicalities. But give me opportunity and I’m a pig in mud (covered in ink). Scalpel. Knitting sticks. Needle. Thread. Fabric stash. Crochet hook. Embroidery hoop. Internet connection. Yarn. Scissors. Wool stuffing. Sewing machine. Seam ripper…Three? Only three? ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?
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Whew! I think thats all the girls – I do hope you have enjoyed meeting all the wonderfully talented calendar girls – and to thank them for being involved in my little annual project.