Process Post 2

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This week was a pleasant struggle, to say the least. I’ve never been much of “tech” person, but my adaptability usually makes up for my incompetence.

That said, I struggled for about three hours trying to get the slider on my home page to work.

Starting out, I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted to do. My two big interests (or at least the only interests I can really maintain while balancing school and work) right now are crocheting and Alan Moore’s well-know graphic novels. It seemed natural that I should try and fit these two things together in my blog to create the ultimate passion project.

Unfortunately, I had some struggles. How could I bring together the relatively benign act of crochet crafting and the gritty, dark, and often violent texts of V for Vendetta and Watchmen?

The answer came relatively quickly. I had always loved the art of “yarn graffiti.” I first found out about this through Yarn Bombing by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain. I thought it was a pretty good way to link yarn creations and anarchy, so I developed my website’s layout with that in mind: cute, yet “dangerous.” As the authors write in Yarn Bombing, “While many may…never have considered yarn and anarchy to be congruous terms, yarn craft and activism have a long history together” (22). This is something I’d like to remember as I “tag” different places with crochet.

For my website, I used a flowery background and decided to accompany my posts with V for Vendetta and Watchmen gifs to set a tone. These things were included on my vision board, and my overall idea was for the blog to be fun and light-hearted, while also commenting on how boring-looking campuses don’t do much for students who are supposed to be “engaged.”

Keeping things from getting boring has always been important to me. This is why I want to keep my posts short, colourful, and interesting so my work doesn’t end up being “a waste product, a valueless byproduct in the production of literate citizens” as Erin Glass described what most student work becomes in her article “Why we need Social Paper.”

I posted my first yarn bomb with a little title about how it went. I also did a write-up on the “talking to strangers” exercise, mimicking the style of Rorschach’s journal entries in Watchmen. Most of this week was used experimenting with aesthetics. At the moment, I feel like the the two overarching ones of crochet and graphic novels aren’t matching up perfectly, but I hope to smooth that out as the course goes on.

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Glass, Erin. “Why We Need Social Paper.” CUNY Academic Commons. N.p., 11 Dec. 2015. Web. 23 Jan. 2018.

Moore, Mandy and Prain, Leanne. Yarn Bombing. New York: Arsenal Pulp, 2010. Print.

2 thoughts on “Process Post 2

  1. Love this website already.
    I am a knitter, but let’s not quibble
    Have you read “Yarn Bombing”? Written by a publishing grad.
    I am really looking forward to your writing!

    1. Knitters are cool, too!
      Yes, I have read it. It’s a great book, I got the pattern for crocheted scallop tags from it (that’s the pattern I used on the phone cord).
      Thank you 🙂

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