Last week’s reading gave me cause to ponder the range of motivations to create a blog. Those millions of miles of fibre optic cable that enable us to ‘upload’ our streams of consciousness and loose thoughts – all into a forum that promotes us from consumer to producer. This particular paragraph in the reading took my eye:
It was long assumed that producing any product of substance or complexity takes some kind of hierarchical organization or institution. The assumption was the you needed top-down vertical integration to get such things done and out into the world. But thanks to our new found ability to upload – which came about as a direct result of the flat-world platform – you can now produce really complex things, as an individual or a part of a community, with so much less hierarchy and so much less money than ever before.
(From Thomas L. Friedman, “Globalisation of the Local”, The World is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, 2007.)
As I sat late one night and idly scanned a blog hosted by Blogspot, I noticed the ‘Next Blog>>’ button. One click and another craft blog followed. Click again and the next blog is craft-oriented. Click again and – you guessed it – a craft blog. From scrapbooking to tatting to quilting and patchwork and stitching, I’m beginning to see a recurring theme.
And then it hits me. There is a WHOLE WORLD of creativity and talent out there that has previously struggled for expression and legitimacy – the world of crafters!
Each of these craft blogs represents the days of the lives of hundreds and thousands of women who have a skill and a passion and they’re proud (damn it!). They want to SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD. Sure, it’s not ‘fine art’ or ‘modern art’. It’s homely and ingenious and inventive art but it has kept people in blankets and clothes and decorations for generations.
Each of these blogs is created with such a strong desire to share. These blogs are beautiful!
Consider some of the kickers on their blogs:
and my personal favourite:
“Adventures of silly woman” (she’s a quilter)
The masses have mobilised and they are women and they are crafty and they are coming to a blog near you!