It seems significant to me at least that a major part of my career up to now has focused upon the ideas of interaction within the archaeological / historical context. The ideas of how people interact with one another, and the transformative processes which occur to both individuals or social groups during those actions before re-entering society was a central part of my academic studies. (Admittedly my thesis focused rather closely on the role of alcohol in such processes, but the theories are still applicable to a wide range of situations!)
For the crafter, no matter their preference, there is a similar process. And the community, and our interactions with one another, whether online or in-person, has a massive impact on our development and understanding. We learn from one another, both directly and indirectly. We use patterns, follow tutorials, listen to podcasts, meet up socially, take classes, and talk on forums, in person, on Twitter, on Instagram… anywhere and everywhere really.
Our interactions with one another can, and do, impact on our own inclinations. Think about it – how often have we picked up on Twitter conversations, or a blogpost, or some other reference to a pattern, or an event, or a yarn, or something else, and followed the trail. Then shared that knowledge with others. These interactions, derived from communities of own choosing, shape the way we approach things. We’ll pick up on biases, issues and gossip. We may enter believing one thing, experience the process of learning from others, and find that these experiences have either confirmed our beliefs or changed them – however subtly.
From personal experience, I use these interactions and communities to gain knowledge, to get inspiration, to make new friends. I may not necessarily be the most active participant in a forum. I may only read the writings the others. But I can use this communal collection of ideas, knowledge and experience to advise and guide my own steps. And speaking from experience, it has.
… and it is a little embarrassing. It has been so long since I last posted here, but life does have a way of creating havoc and general business which never helps! It is nearly the 1-year anniversary of this site, and it seems an appropriate time to take back control.
There are a number of changes coming soon. Starting with the re-development of the website itself. If you have visited over the past few days you may have noticed some of these changes. The entire site has been redesigned and pages completely rewritten. Pretty much all the pattern side of things is complete, but I am working on expanding the remaining sections – so keep an eye on the Teaching and Support sections. There will also be a new category appearing soon, but more on that when it is added.
Despite the blog being quiet, there have been a number of new patterns and these will be talked about in the near future.
To aid communications – I will be introducing a mailing list; again more information will be coming shortly.
So yeah, hello again!
If you’ve purchased one of my patterns previously, you’ll see this popping up over the next few weeks. If you are on twitter – you’ve already had a little sneak peek.
I’ve been thinking about developing a logo for my patterns and this blog/website for a while and have been sketching possibilities to ascertain their potential. The column capital was one I kept returning to.
The ancient world has been and continues to be a massive part of my life – it seemed a shame not to acknowledge this.
Since I haven’t updated here for a while!
I hesistate to say normal service will be resumed, because that implies that I will not post again for months. So shall we say abnormal service which may mean posts are a little more frequent!
2013 has been and gone (admittedly for a while) so I’ll be posting my usual roundup of my 2013 crafting soon. Plus there are some other bits and pieces of news to share!
… I’ve just had a fairly busy summer, which hasn’t encouraged me to blog much, but expect more activity from now on!
…What I apparently mean is that nothing changes. Oops.
Ah well, fingers crossed that things will pick up now. As you can see – if you’re reading the actual blog rather than a RSS feed – it has been revamped. Did you know that redesigning the blog is an excellent substitution for actually writing anything?
But more to come, I have lots of things I need to post about. And perhaps, more importantly, want to post about.