Why I’m writing.
This blog is a platform for this academically inclined itinerant on hiatus to learn and create in different ways.
In August of 2010, my partner, A, and I finished our masters degrees in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, and A followed me to Dublin, Ireland, where I was born to do a smattering of archival research in the Trinity College libraries, but mostly just to live. Dublin is stage one of a two-year break from academics during which we give our brains a chance to balance a little.
In December of 2010, I picked up a pair of knitting needles and started to re-teach myself the knitting that my grandmother started when I was eight years old. I also enrolled in a dress-making class. I’ve always been interested in textiles, and my love of cooking and writing attests to a more general love of making things, but now I have the wonderful luxury of being able to indulge my interest almost to the point of obsession.
But I’m unwilling to engage in anything non-critically. And so for me to be happy with this new project, I have to ask questions of how my actions function in wider economic, ideological, and social terms. I write this blog to frame and constitute my engagement with textiles, with consumption, with my material existence within a material world. This is a rather ambitious project, and I can only hope to try to do it justice in my own small, quiet way.