I'm back from New York. Too bad I was there on business. I didn't even get to go to Purl!
I don't talk much about my daylight hours, but I am one of two administrators managing a global investment banking practice. After I quit teaching art I fell into the Cube Farm and clawed my way up the proverbial corporate ladder. Currently I am the lone MFA in a sea of MBA's firm wide. It's actually kinda of funny...
Anyway, while toiling away in my NY office, unbeknownst to me, I (or rather this lovely example of crochetdom) became the center of heated controversy. Many of you sent me emails alerting me to my new found outlaw status.
My first reaction was, "Wow."
My almost instantaneous second reaction was, "I wonder why they didn't take notice of me sooner?"
You know folks, in a world where "different" or outside what is generally viewed as "the norm" is often despised or even feared, the reaction my little creation provoked from the author(s) of that blog is not surprising. In fact, there are many blogs out there who mirror What Not To Crochet's approach to blogging (I won't list them, but you know the blogs that I speak of).
Hey, who doesn't love a little vitriol and public humiliation as part of their daily media deluge?
Making fun of others makes us feel better about ourselves, right?
Uh, sure, I guess.
Oh, don't get me wrong. I've been an artist who has been showing her work to the public for many, many years. I am no stranger to criticism via print or otherwise. Nature of the beast, so to speak. I am also the first to admit that my work ain't for everybody. Nonetheless, I believe that there is plenty of room on the planet for a plethora of viewpoints and creative expressions. And anyway, negativity is such a drag people!
So Padawans, if I've got any advice for you as a result of my being WNTC-ed, it is as follows...
Make what you want.
Embrace what you love.
Ignore the rest!
Be fearless my friends for, truly, one person's trash really is another's treasure.