Wednesday, June 25, 2008

pretty shitty city (it's a town full of losers and I'm pulling out of here to win)

There won't be any updates here for at least two weeks now, since I'm off to Gothenburg tomorrow & then to Munkedal & Punk Illegal - a punk festival hosted by the network No One Is Illegal.

Then I'm staying in Gothenburg for a week to see Discarga (my favourite Brazilian band!) & Bruce Springsteen (the Boss!). But I won't be lazy with the crafting while I'm on vacation, just started drawing up the design for a birthday gift to my friend Siska - she asked for something "man hating" & well, I'm thinking Valerie Solanas...

Monday, June 23, 2008

a hoop & a la & another kind of craft (I'm celebrating my love for you with a craftzine & a new tattoo)

Today is not just the first day of my summer vacation (yay!) but also apparently a little bit of Christmas in the middle of June! I woke up to find that not just my order
from Sublime Stitching had arrived (yes, I too finally succumbed to the greatness that is Jenny Hart), but I also got the latest issue of Hoopla in the mail! It's even bigger & better than #1, so I'm very happy & not just because some of my work is featured in it (Rayna, I promise - for next issue I'll write something proper & exclusive).

I especially appreciated the piece by Betsy Greer about stiching/crafting as a form of dealing with emotions & it's sort of therapeutic effect. I can really understand where she's coming from there, since I often use cross stitching as a way to focus my thoughts on something that doesn't hurt or as something that just blocks out stuff I don't want to dwell on anymore. But it also works the other way, when I feel happy & content with life & know that I'm making something that someone will appreciate 'cause it's made with a lot of love & attention. So it's really like the emotions go into the stitching & it can force you to think about stuff that you really don't want to think about, or sometimes not think at all... So go ahead & order you're own copy of Hoopla & if you have a distro or some other way to spread the word, why not order a whole bunch of them?

Last but not least, some of you wondered about the "handicraft for handicraft" swap from the latest post... So here's the result.

It does look a bit weird right now 'cause of the bruises & the fact that it's not really finished. It will probably take at least one more session to do the colour of the butterflies and the shading of the fairy. But I'll have to wait a while & see that it heals okay 'cause I have this palet disorder called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, which makes my blood all wonky... It's basically "hemophilia light" & is an autoimmune disease that makes my immune system target & eliminate the thrombocytes that makes the blood coagulate. So I have a tendency to bleed very easily & get a lot of bruises. But I'm really happy with the tattoo & think it's gonna be the prettiest one ever when it's completed.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I tried to date a tattoo artist & all I got was this lousy tribal...

I feel that I've hyped this cross stitch so much that I don't even know what to write now... It's a gift for friends working at
Swahili Bob's Tattoo & Piercing here in Stockholm. We're trading handicraft for handicraft... The text is the swedish version of "no pain, no gain" or literally "if you want to look nice, you have to suffer".

Sunday, June 8, 2008

a little teaser (I'm so excited, I just can't hide it)

Oi! Do I have news for you... Yes I do, just finished a cross stitch that I've been working on since around easter. & it's lovely! But you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see the finished result, 'cause it's a gift for some friends & I don't want them to accidentaly see it online before they see it irl. Just felt that I had to brag a little about my own creative genius, haha.

For now you'll have to settle for this very simple bookmark design, inspired by the work of Sarah Utter.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

you wanna live forever? sell your soul to radical cross stitch!

There's big things going on now! Just wanted to let you know that today I made my first post as a member of the crew at Radical Cross Stitch, the best site on the internet. I'm so proud & honoured that the other grrls wanted me to participate in what is destend for total world domination... RCS will save your life!

Of course I'll keep posting here, 'cause this blog is my baby, But the more radical/political stuff that I do will be on RCS too (tagged as a crosspost here, or linked - haven't really thought too much about that yet).