December 22, 2009

Artistic Process: How did you learn the discipline you work in now?

"I learned the bulk of my skills between the ages of 8 and 18 from the women in my family. My mother taught me how to sew from Simplicity patterns. My Chinese grandmother taught me how to crochet (there's a way to break a language barrier). And my mother, girlfriend, and I struggled through many a knitting patterns to figure out fair isle and cables. Embroidery is something I picked up in middle school. I have a wall at home covered with my samplers; one dates back to 1978. I love the idea of traditional skills passing down from one generation to the next. Although the next generation in our household is more concerned with conquering another level of the latest Pokemon game. Is there a Sewing Mama game for the DS?"


1 comment:

KimmChi said...

I always love the tradition of passing down handicrafts to the next generation, an dthat next generation always makes it a bit more contemporary. I bet your Mom never thought you'd focus so much on recycling in your work!