A while ago, Meranie
asked to see the insides of the skirts I make--to get an idea of how they're made, see the process as well as the product. She knows my skittishness about this, but I agree that the underneath matters--is sometimes as interesting as the outside.
That's the hope, at least, right?
And it's been on my mind to write about why I blog, as per the question posed by Lisa
(of the new Underdog Ink shop
--have you been there yet? The coral-bell earrings are mine!).
And then Blair went ahead and posted this thoughtful analysis of her own practise
, too, is thinking about what the 'point' to all this is. And it all came together--it's not just about the outsides, after all, this blog.
But that's what I thought, when I began. I thought it would be about my shop, a way to get the word out and very little else. I felt shy of opening up to strangers. I didn't want to presume that my ordinary life would be interesting to anyone. So I blogged, at first, as a sub-action of making a shop.
I generally feel like an outsider, but I compound this by disdaining, in the Groucho-Marxian tradition, the clubs that will have me as a member. So I assumed, from the beginning, that I wasn't part of the circle, that I wasn't going to make friends. And then I began to 'meet' people , and they have been some of the dearest presences in
my daily life.
I still blog to show what I've made and to talk, a little, about what I'm thinking. But now I feel much more in conversation with other women, and it's not so lonely. It's more about the insides, if you see what I mean.
I want to write about making by hand and how that fits in with everything but I imagine this is plenty for today.