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.
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.