Natural fibres: more fun than a bowl full of bran!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Mmm Mmm Mmmacro!
Why do all my posts seem to involve food lately? And such tasty desserty foods no less - you'll think I never eat any proper fiber at all!
Believe it or not, this one isn't actually about food. I just like this pretty picture, which is one of the very first taken with my new new camera Bella. (No, that wasn't a ptyo. There are meant to be two "new"s there. Those of you who've been following my ongoing camera drama on Scarfaday will be nodding to yourselves right about now.)
I've been thinking about photography a lot lately, and not just because of Murphy and Stella and Bella. I've been using photography for my artist dates, trying to remember all the stuff I knew once upon a time when I took photography classes in high school, and playing with all the spiffy manual settings on Stella/Bella. It's even been turning up on some of the other blogs I read. Must be something in the air.
I've always loved macro photography in particular, ever since Dad got me my first proper 35mm camera and a macro filter to go on the kit lens. There's just something about isolating and capturing one small element out of a riot of information and distilling it somehow, focusing your attention on that one thing by literally focusing on that one thing... makes you really notice the details, makes you take a careful look at the world around you and each individual thing that makes it up.
Whether it's stopping to smell the roses or stopping to take a picture of one drop of water on a rose petal - anything that brings me up short and makes me notice and appreciate all the tiny and amazing pieces of the things that make up my world rather than zipping through it without thinking twice is a good thing, in my book.
And chocolate chip muffins aren't half bad either.
I am a handweaver, a teacher and a shop owner. I have been weaving since 1994 and teaching weaving since 2000. In 2004, I started my own weaving business, The Weaver's Palette, and I'm currently in the throes of starting The Bobbin Tree, where I will teach, weave, spin, and sell supplies and equipment for all manner of fibrous pursuits.
I am a member of the Sydney Weavers' Guild, the Unspun Heroes spinning group and the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design.