The wonderful wisdom of craft is alive and well and blossoming in this information age. The Stitch ‘n’ Bitch movement has helped make craft trendy. The discovery of mathematician and crochet lover, Dr. Daina Taimina, that models of the complex hyperbolic plane of geometry could be made using crochet was a wonderful inspiration to crafters, and has slowly seeped into crochet patterns of all sorts. This also led to the fantastic hyperbolic crochet coral reef project, which has been exhibited all over the world. Crochet and knitting are starting to make it into the galleries of high art and be recognised as art mediums in themselves.
A great inspiration to me in my own path has been the work of the women of a remote Amazon rainforest people called the Shipibo. As the women weave they bring to each piece their healing songs. The energy of the song is imbued into the fabric, the songs become manifest in the geometric designs, which are then used as aids to healing. Their fabrics are prayers of good wishes and intentions for their community. Weaving and needlework is sacred work, in every action is sacred process.
Perhaps you are one of the mothers who gave up knitting when the kids got bigger, and haven’t touched a needle in years. If so I would like to encourage you, in this year of craft, to rediscover your craft, channel your creativity into it and maybe find or even start up a craft circle in your area. Perhaps enroll in the felting workshop planned for this years Wise Woman Weekend. I promise you that the rewards will be wonderful, many and wise!