2012 Calendar profiles: March + August

by kath_red on 04/12/2011

in People

Profiling the work of the lovely featured artists/makers in the 2012 Whipup.net calendar. I asked all the participants a few questions…

Sooz is our March Calendar girl, she likes sewing and knitting, lives in Australia and blogs at sooz

1. What are your three main craft/design influences?

I can’t go past my matriarchs for the craft influence. Both my mother and grandmother were phenomenal makers of things. Between going to work and keeping a household going, they managed to sew and knit and stitch and garden and cook in a way that made me feel like making things was essential to a happy life.

On the design front I struggle to find individuals who stand out since I think my eye for the work of the designer has developed only recently in my life. At this moment I am in really in love with Issey Miyake, in part because I realise I was in love with his designs long before I knew who he was. I love the textures and colours employed by knitwear designer Setsuko Torii.

Knitting machine

Crafty passions: knitting and sewing

2. Why do you feel the need/drive to make things?

I think there’s a lot to say on why making is important – it’s political and ideological for me – and there’s no doubt some psychological reasons in there too about justifying my existence, but really it’s quite simple. I make because I love it. It’s my meditation, my contemplation, my challenge, my peace, my pride and my joy.

3. Your favourite crafty resource?

I’m more than a bit in love with pinterest as a source of inspiration. I love it’s visual and immediate nature, the way I can look for images, share them, find the things that are inspiring other people.

4. What music inspires you to create?

My musical tastes are broad and dubious! From the Beastie Boys to the Monks of Gyuto and back again through the trash I loved in high school I listen to it all.

5. What do you do when you have a creative block?

Switch crafts/projects/work spaces. It’s very rare for me to be blocked on all things and generally if the sewing has got me down I can bake with abandon or if the kitchen has me running for the take away it’s because I’d really rather be knitting. I do best when I don’t fight what I really want to do with what I think I should be doing. It’s meant to be fun afterall.

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Berber Vos is from The Netherlands, her crafty passions are sewing and crochet and she blogs at Kisskus. She is our August Calendar girl!

1. What/who are your three main craft/design influences?

I get inspired by the many crafty websites that I follow through my Google Reader (some of my favourite blogs I link to in the sidebar of my own blog). Flickr is another fantastic source of inspiration, as well as my most recent discovery: Pinterest. When it comes to a person, I really admire Kaffe Fassett. I do not love every single thing that he designs, however I think that his bold creativity, his love of colour, his passion for his work and life itself are amazing and very uplifting. I was lucky enough to hear him talk and to see his work in person and both occassions gave me an incredible creative boost.

2. Why do you feel the need/drive to make things?

I get a kick out of creating something unique, especially out of materials that I have on hand or that are recycled. Also, for me being creative is a way to canalise the somewhat darker parts of my character into something healthy and constructive.

Berber's crafts of choice are sewing and crochet.

3. Favourite crafty resource: It has got to be Google, which leads me to craft blogs, tutorials, Youtube, Flickr etc.

4. What music inspires you to create?

These days I mostly listen to The Killers, Coldplay, Muse & Adele. I’m very loyal in my choice of music: I will listen to it over and over and over again :)

5. What do you do when you have a creative block?

Last winter I experienced a major sewing block. I missed it terribly and it made me unhappy. I solved it by learning how to crochet. I realised I needed a more straightforward and more portable craft and crochet is perfect in both ways. My sewing mood slowly returned by itself after that, so now I’m happy to have two crafts to alternate :)

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1 Catherine December 4, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Hello,
The “soozs” link provided above does not link to

http://www.soozs.blogspot.com/

but some bogspot site. Easy fix once I read where the link was sending me.

Thank you for the interviews as I enjoy meeting new makers and reading their words.

2 kath_red December 4, 2011 at 9:56 pm

fixed – thank you

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