In compiling ideas for the book, we kept bumping up against "the New Domesticity." It leaves us twitchy. But what we do feel at home with is the idea of crafters teaching, sharing inspiration, passing on skills, using them in ways you choose to enhance your life, and feeling more powerful because you CAN [insert word here: sew, stitch, repair, weld, invent, reverse engineer]. Catherine Clark and Katie Metzger and their shop, Brooklyn General embody this appproach. So is there any place more pefect to have a booksigning & crafting party, and trunk show? We think not!
When the idea came up for a crafting party, we couldn't decide which project from the book would be best. Sewing the Bella Brooklyn housedress (designed by Catherine & Katie) would be fabulous but too ambitious for a three-hour gathering. Maybe a granny square clinic would be fun? Then Catherine, who has sculpted window displays and more from old sweaters, got inspired by a photo in the book of animal heads by Crispina ffrench, profiled in our Crafting to Recycle, Renew & Reuse section. She thought they'd make great pin cushions, which would tie into the sewing that goes on around her shop. And just like that, she sent us a protoype for the party: Owly, above. Squishy heads in Crispina ffrench's studio in Pittsfield, MA.
If you can't make it Sunday, check out our right sidebar for upcoming events. Joan's heading East and we are ready to rolllll!
posted by Gale