Laurie is a wonderful free spirit who crochets swirls and swags and colorful things. Her wonderful sense of humor makes sparkles in a conversation. She gives everyone’s creativity a good shot in the arm and reminds us that crochet isn’t just for beloved grannies who play with acrylic yarn. This year she took a cue from the new Searsport Shores Billboard when she designed the Tapestry Crochet bag she’s teaching on Sunday afternoon…after she teaches Very Beginning Granny Square in the morning.
1. Do you live with any animals? Cats, of course. Currently no other canine, human or other species. The squirrels will probably move back into the attic come fall, though.
2. What are you currently reading? Barbara Kingsolver herself is reading her new book The Lacuna to me in my car. It is wonderful prose and I’ve been relearning 20th century history from a new perspective. Since I won’t attempt crocheting while driving, time in the car has become my most dedicated reading time.
3. What is the most surprising response to your art you have ever received? When I call it Art and other people don’t laugh.
4. How do you know when your work is done? It knows and it tells me. That, or the deadline is upon us. Either way it seldom seems to be my decision.
5. Why do you (knit, quilt, spin, carve, design…)? What is your purpose? When I’m really doing the designing part, all I hear is my inner self and all I see are the marvelous sights on that other planet I keep being accused of going to. The deep down truth of why I create is that it keeps me sane enough to go out in public. Using my hands and my brain to create feed my soul in so many different ways. I often use the rhythm of the hook or needle as a meditation device and other times my hands just go on their own letting my conscious mind focus on the world outside me, the conversation of the group I’m in or the music or movie I’m watching.
6. Looking back, knowing what you know now, is there anything that you would do differently? I’d skip a lot of my ‘earning a living’ lives and go right to making art. It would have been a lot easier to play the starving artist role in my youth than it is now in my dotage.
7. When it’s time to “tap” your creativity…where do you go to get the juices flowing? Inside myself I think — there seems to be a store of knowledge and images and ideas that I’ve absorbed from here there and everywhere. I’ve always taken ever opportunity I can to experience new sights, especially others’ creativity. I love art in all forms from the formal, prepared, presented kind down to the shirt and pants combination a stranger just happened to don this morning. I surprise myself sometimes with the things I come up with. Or perhaps it’s just the really good library on that other planet? hmmm…
8. How many projects do you generally have going at one time? Usually four to six really being worked on projects and ten times that many in my head in the concept or What-if? stage. And then there are the abandoned and dormant projects, there’s probably about a dozen that may yet be finished or will become something new, but I haven’t counted, or unearthed them all, in quite a long time.