An Open Letter

An Open Letter to Those who Don’t Get the Fiber Arts

I am not doing this to recreate the past.  I don’t harbour any fantasies of wearing petticoats or a bonnet.   And I don’t knit because I want to feel domestic.

I do this to free my soul.  I do this to work in colours that make my heart sing.   I dye because I see in my mind hues and shades that are bursting to be let out.  And so I do let them out, laying them down in dye upon fiber – vibrant shades poured out over wool, over silk, over the ordinary of life.

SpaceCadet Yarn 2

And when, at last, I cast those colours onto my needles, I feel a calm wash over me as I work them up into a fabric of my own making — the needles clicking softly and the colours gently blending and contrasting.

I know you think this is old-fashioned, but it’s not.  It is as modern as imagination, as current as discovery, as now as creativity.  Would you ask a painter why he doesn’t just take a photograph?

And it’s ok if you don’t get it.  I understand.  But I just wanted to say – I just wanted to say out loud – that this is nothing about old fashioned.  This is what I do, and I do it now.  I am a fiber artist.

SpaceCadet Yarn 1


13 thoughts on “An Open Letter

  1. I do fiber art because…it’s art! lol I do love how I’m connected to countless generations by knitting, spinning, sewing. But I don’t do it for anachronistic joy.

  2. Not only are you a fiber artist, but an artist in general! You can obviously write and photograph amazingly! Keep it up!

  3. Hi Stephanie ~
    Can’t wait to witness – first hand – your marvelous creations. I’ll be at the Festival this Sunday. Best – Mary

  4. It is entirely possible, though, to want to wear a bonnet and to want to spin at the same time without these desires having any relation to each other. Just wanted to get that off my chest.

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