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And in the beginning there were….lots and lots of ideas. Ideas that took form and grew and shaped into things that evolved to show bits and pieces of the “soul” of the idea-giver, the artist, the inventor. Fire, the wheel, spinning wheels and spindles, yarn, clothing, chairs, houses, planes, computers, pumpkin pie, everything started somewhere and evolved…now in this day and age, I find it absolutely mind boggling how people can say that they or somebody else, invented a colourway or a fibre blend or a design or a recipe for something that has been done for centuries or even since the dawn of time. I wonder when we are going to get told off when using indigo to dye our wool or fabric, because it is the “property” of somebody else? Or, nobody can make a type of chair anymore , because let’s face it, it has been done before by somebody at some point or another? Well nothing surprises me really, I heard that companies are even battling it out to “own” certain genomes….scary!!!
I am not promoting “let’s blatantly copy other peoples’ ideas” here. To illustrate that, here’s a bit of my experience on the matter to give you some context:
Years ago, when I was weaving my Maya wraps you could wear in 20 different ways, very loosely based on ancient blankets/wraps I have seen in ethnic Latin American communites where one garment had to have multiple purposes. I wove each patiently (each one took weeks to make) in three different sizes/lengths and all were different, handspun, dyed, painted, woven in different types of fibres, yarns and even some with added gold and bling.
I sold them at specialty markets and shows, even had them on show on catwalks..until a company –now long gone- thought it would be a great idea to make machine knit versions of the same..without asking me. The principle was the same, the design was a blatant copy but….no machine knitted mass produced item can ever replace a handmade woven one of a kind piece. Even when the pattern is the same. They shut shop after a couple of years ..karma is a bitch.
Now, that was a case of direct copy of pattern..nothing like some people nowadays think they can appropriate their way of putting colours together or blending fibres together or making spinning wheels or anything else for that matter.
There is a difference between a copy and something that looks the same because it has the same purpose: like a chair, or a spinning wheel, or a tablet or a phone.
Here’s a piece of enlightenment : a Turkish spindle can never ever look different : it always has to have a shaft and two pieces of wood interlocking on each side…just like .a chair will always have to accommodate somebody’s butt sitting in it comfortably.
So all that copy threat "oh please do not share because others will copy you ", does that hold me back from sharing? From doing what I do? No!
I will keep on sharing the love for what I do. I will not let my creativity be hindered by fear of somebody wanting to do what I do and copying some colours I put together or different fibres I blend, or garments I design and make.
I mean, Should I feel attacked by others selling angora fibres? No! Because it is not my property in the first place. I discovered at one point that somebody decided to put black bamboo and blend it with the same fibres as I did for my black bunny tops, so their tops looked a bit like mine. Was I devastated? Did I feel attacked? No…instead I did what I do: I created heaps and heaps of other blends, because that is what I do. You cannot shut a creative mind down from getting ideas and acting upon them all the time.
I believe that everything we make is unique. If you make something by hand, your hands and your soul will transfer something to the item you produce. Your thoughts and your views and your feelings are instantly attached to it. What I am saying is : unless something is done by a machine, everything you make will have your “soul” in it!
On the other hand, I have to tell you something else : another confession. I am super sensitive, no really, I am, just like all the other artists and people who express themselves through their art, there is and always will be “sensitivity” weaving its way through it.
I have had “friends” being the devils on my shoulder, telling me this and that and the other, that so and so was doing this and that, and isn’t that bad for me? And what I do? And I should do this and that. Us, sensitives, are easily distressed, we even distress ourselves without any outside help whatsoever. In the middle of the night we have thousand pages worth of ideas springing up all around, we leap up and enthusiastically make it happen, we eat breathe and live our art, only to after extreme hard work and effort , be confronted by our OWN self doubt..we go from “ what a great idea! To this idea is going to work! To this idea is crap to ..I LOVE this idea! I hope everybody loves my idea?” It is a constant battle that does not need the fuel added to it by doubt from others nor unkind remarks. Be kind to one another and allow yourself to fuel only creativity, not anger or ego.
So, pin it, share it, be proud of what you do, make your mark, show your creative soul with a personal touch , your thoughts and do not , I repeat do not! Be overly protective, scared of what anybody says or does, or worse still: attack other artists because they knitted a jumper too.
The only way we can grow as a person and learn , is to share and appreciate and love and applaud.
Share the love. Share the creativity. Create! There is nothing worse than fear or attack . That only takes the creative juices out of everybody…..and where would that leave us? Exactly! : Alone! and in a place where Fear replaced Sharing what we love doing. And that, my friends, is a very lonely place to be.
Rabbit on !! I say !!! Rabbit On !
I have been working very very hard this year to source some very special rare breeds of fibre producing animals. From Seaweed sheep to those cute Valais Blacknose .
There will be more adventures and rare breeds on offer next year including Hungarian Racka sheep and the awesome Gra TRoender sheep from Norway ! Not to mention very VERY special Qiviut and some very special super rare fluff as well !
I will be offering special blends of these rare breeds in the special IxCHeL Fibre adventures like I have done in the last two months (Smaug and Loch ness) but will also offer them to all club members in one blend or another ! Rare breeds need our help and support. Rare breeds need to survive. There is nothing more disheartening than to see that a gorgeous animal has become extinct.. There is nothing more sad than labelling anything “The last of its kind”…
Only by supporting and spinning rare breeds will we all be adding to the diversity of our beautiful world. Don’t miss out ! Membership will give you access to very special blends only released to club members in one of a kind colourways !
Join the club ! Have fun creating and Rabbit On !!!
Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time if you have any questions okay? Always happy to enable. All my contact details are to be found at the end of this weeks blog entry. Have fun !!!
New IxCHeL Club sign ups Open now (til quotas are reached or until December 31st) !
Clubs January, February, March 2015 !
IxCHeL Fibre Club January February March 2015
The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Club January, February and March 2015
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Club January, February and March 2015
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