I spent the weekend nursing a migraine and dyeing. A somewhat dire (no pun intended there) combination. In hindsight I should have taken to my bed and stayed there but orders have to be met! Instead of firing up the big electric copper I went gas and hooked up a burner in the backyard, loaded up the bigger stock pot and dyed smaller batches of the new lurex/angora gloves. Dyeing in the rain can be fun- almost like standing round a campfire on a cold day. In the kitchen I spent Sunday making batches of fig and ginger jam and raspberry jam. If I don't have project on the boil in the kitchen, when I'm dyeing, I tend to wander off upstairs and forget to stir the pot and this nicely segues into this week's 'pot stirring'........
Since getting dropped from this year's Melbourne Design Market I've been musing on the difference between 'hard' and 'soft' craft. By 'hard crafts' I'm think such media as ceramics, resin, etc and 'soft' are therefore those that are textile, fibre, etc based, and the way they are defined by those in the design fraternity and are portrayed in the media (see last weekend's The Age Magazine).
Hard crafts seem to be classified as Design Products much more than say a textile product, and I have been mulling over whether this is also a male/female issue. I hate the division of craft along gender lines but am finding with the blog-craft movement that there is a definite twee 'mother-at-home-connecting-with-like-minded-crafters' feel to the depiction of textile-based craft in particular.
Anyway its getting late, I have to wash my hair and I would love to hear how others feel about this portrayal of textile craft practitioners.