Crochet Shirret is a “touchy-feely” artform…full of color, texture and un-deniably squishy. It’s the kind of craft that calls to people of all ages to make big rugs for the bedroom or tiny rugs for the Barbie house. Ruth has taken the civil war art of recycling and upcycling and brought it back into vogue with fresh colors and wonderful potential. This year she’ll be coming over from her home in Windsor Vermont to teach lucky students how to turn their own t-shirts and scraps into “wow” art on Saturday afternoon from 1:30-4:30.
In order to see a bit into Ruth’s world, we asked her to answer some of our artist interview questions; this is what she had to say:
If your life were a box of paints, would you be pastel colors, jewel tones, flesh tones or black, white and shades of grey?
Oh, my life is definitely jewel tones as it is full of richness!
If you could have any mode of transportation in the world how would you get from place to place?
Train—this way, I can watch the scenery go by as I craft away in my seat. There would be no losing travel time due to food/bathroom stops and I can sleep right on the train in a sleeper car. Now, if I could only get a train to cross the oceans….
What is your favorite art related book?
The Art of Shirret by Louise McCrady—-there’s not another one like it in terms of walking you through the technique of this uniquely American craft!
What is your preferred environment when you’re in a creative mood?
My camp in Jamaica, Vermont. This wood-sided cabin is small, but it sits beside a most wonderful brook. Sitting on the deck, one can listen to the sound of the flowing water under a rich canopy of tall pine trees. During the warm months, I enjoy sitting on the deck crocheting, knitting, or spinning yarn. During the colder times of the year, the woodstove in the cabin provides a cozy environment that inspires my creativity.
What do you wish you could do?
Play the violin…….well! I enjoy listening to many types of music including classical, celtic, and chamber music. The violin is such a versatile instrument and yet, it is a challenge to obtain a wonderful sound from it—-at least for me!! I revere and continue to be in awe of those who can produce those tunes!
If you were forced to give up your current artistic medium, what medium would you pursue next?
Give up my wool, yarn, hooks, and needles?!? Egad, I’m breaking out in a cold sweat just thinking about it!!
Okay, I’d have to have CRAYONS! Yes, crayons—-all those beautiful, wonderful colors to draw with! Oh, yes, you can also melt crayons and use them to build sculptures—yes, I think that could keep me occupied for quite some time……
What is your favorite art related website/blog (list up to three)?
My favorite art-related website is Ravelry, of course. This site never ceases to amaze me what with the amount of talent, creativity, and community. The site remains my go-to place for patterns and industry updates.
My favorite blogs are Stitch-It with Meghan and CogKnitive with Dr. Gemma. Both of these ladies are podcasters as well and they have inspired me to start podcasting. I started my podcast, Counting Sheep, in December 2010 and it is a work in progress as I share my life with others of the same ilk. The listener will find the following segments: “Fiber Conquests”, where I talk about my crafting adventures; “What’s happening in the barn and on the farm?”—when I talk about my sheep, rabbits, chickens, and other assorted happenings. “Sleeping on the Job”—where I talk about my “other” life as a nurse anesthetist and finally, “Yammer” which is talk for the sake of talk! (found on iTunes and Libsyn.com)
Name five adjectives that best describe you at your best.
Happy, Empathetic, Intelligent, Skilled, Humble.
With the tap of a magic wand, you can go anywhere and study with anyone, time is of no essence. What are you doing and with whom?
The Outer Hebrides of Scotland knitting with Alice Starmore.
How many projects do you generally have going at one time?
AT LEAST a dozen!