Last night I was checking out whipup and noticed a discussion on the alt craft whiplash for November. It got me thinking on the whole notion of alt craft and this morning as I was lying in bed looking out the window, I thought I might just whip up something bright and whimsical this afternoon, as you do, and enter it in whiplash. Ha. I should know by now that I am not really a competition kind of girl. Last time I ended up rushing and then feeling all inadequate and neurotic. The (self imposed) pressure and indeed perhaps the whole idea of competitive craft makes me feel kind of ooky. But I'm a joiner and a jumper on of bandwagons and it's a very kindhearted and gentle sort of competition. So I felt all conflicted. In the end, I decided that what I really wanted to do was to sit under the tree and make something really simple, a garden folly. I do these from time to time. The last one I made was when Grace was about four months old. It's a construction made from bottlebrush cuttings and sits on the front porch with ivy growing over it. Eventually these things fall apart and watching the decay is part of the fun.
We have a big clump of weedy watsonia (not sure if it's the really bad kind) in the front yard, which has died down. I remember my mother making woven mats out of the strappy leaves of this plant which grew on the vacant block behind our house when I was a child. So maybe this kind of thing is inherited. Anyway, after trying and finding that I couldn't crochet the leaves, I decided to make a shadow screen. A bit like the cardboard construction we used to make in the eighties to turn the telly into an exciting psychedelic party decoration. This involved rolling the leaves into circles and sewing them together.
whiplash entry. I don't really think it's craft. I don't know what it is, other than a pleasant way to while away a couple of hours under the tree. Yes, I think they are three dimensional doodles.