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July 25, 2009

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Hi Heather and Glennis - thanks so much for these comments. The dot I didn't connect in this post is the commercialization and trendiness of craft and handmade -- boy, what a double-edged sword that is. I've written in the past about that and maybe it's time to write more. In the end I guess we have to hope that in the balance, more people will benefit than not. For myself,I get bugged by the people who claim to be all "indie" but really what they're after are big licensing contracts and mainstream success. Then it's just posturing. And it always seems to be the "indie" crafters who have the most aggressive language about ownership of techniques that, well, they simply didn't invent.
A big topic. . .thank you for your thoughtful comments.

i share some of the same feelings you are describing here. for me though, the ambivalence and annoyance in the commercialization and trendiness of things i care about and have been involved in over time comes from knowing that mostly, for the marketeers and companies involved it is but a momentary fad and will fade as profits do as they move on to "the next big thing" often leaving behind destruction or at the very least a bastardized version of that which was exploited in the moment and which i continue to care about.
ya know what i mean?

I'm that way with knitting. I didn't pick it up until way after the craze because I didn't want to look like just everyone else. Frankly I didn't knit earlier because my grandma tried to make me knit when I was a kid and she sucked at being a teacher so I never tried it again.

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