Wednesday, August 27, 2014


"Animation Knitter" Miho Yata’s work. First in the world " FIlm Muffler" Miho knit long mufflers like films and made stop motion animation. 


What an amazing amount of work!

I’m such a sucker for crafts that are the clearly-harder-to-make remediated version of something (like the famous Kanye Tweet cross-stitches). Just delightful :)


'Tis the season of grumpy lists

There’s a lot of advice for new college students out there, and some of it’s great. (See this, this, and this for examples.) But a lot of it consists of numbered or bulleted lists of professors’ pet peeves—like this one.

I get the economy of the bulleted list. I don’t necessarily think the writer gets anything wrong. And sometimes when I’m annoyed with a student, I really wish I could just stick that list in front of said student’s eyeballs. But as much as I do wish every college student already knew the lists’ contents, these “how not to annoy your teacher” lists mostly seem to be for teachers to share with each other, especially considering where many of them are published. (Although I think a great early-semester exercise in a first-year class would be to amass several of them, present them to the class, and have a discussion about specific course expectations and more general social practices in higher education.)

But there’s another kind of advice I’ve noticed circulating this year—and these ask something different from students. They’re broader requests for thoughtfulness and understanding regarding their instructors and fellow students. They’re often blogs written by teachers, explaining what they ask of students in their classes and why. Here’s one example about a no-laptop policy, and another about working with a particular instructor’s teaching style. What I like so much about this “advice” is that it invites more conversation than those bulleted peevish lists. It acknowledges that there are lots of ways students and teachers could act and explains why the teacher thinks the particulars of what she or he has chosen should best support the goals of the course and students’ learning more generally. It works to build relationships in good faith, assuming everyone’s doing the best they can.

So, understanding. Requests instead of demands. Building good social relations. These are things I’m thinking about as we dig into the fall semester.

Monday, August 4, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014


‘Icheon Master Hand’, A Video Highlighting the Process of Four Korean Ceramics Masters

Gorgeous work being made here. I wish watching myself write were this interesting.

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Do you knit? Here’s some scientific proof that it’s good for you. 

Dedicated, calm, repetitive practice, just the sort you get from knitting, drawing, crafting, or practicing an instrument, can induce a “relaxation response”, essentially the opposite of “fight or flight.”

BrainCraft breaks down the needly neuropsychology for you.

For those of you who are interested in knitting and the brain, might I suggest you combine them like so:

(knitted brain by Karen Norberg/Boston Museum of Science)

What writing a dissertation on craft often takes me away from: actually crafting :(

Thursday, May 22, 2014

(Moving On from ainslie henderson on Vimeo)

I haven’t been able to actually get through watching this stop-motion animated yarn music video for the band James because of the waterballs rolling out of my eyes, but it is beautifully done.


Thursday, May 8, 2014


Various Textiles from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Textile Gallery

The Cleveland Museum of Art recently added an expansion that included viewing space for its amazing collection of historical textiles. In addition, they have digitized hundreds of images from the gallery you can view on their website.

There are some things not to love about that article. For example: “As you stand in the gallery looking at [an Uzbek surcoat], it’s fun to think about the journey it took from the Middle East to Cleveland before joining the museum’s collection in 1916.” Fun isn’t how I’d describe many museum acquisitions of the period. The piece was paid for, but the “snatching up” a wealthy Clevelander did, weirdly gleefully written about here, sounds questionable.

That said, the online collection is just. so. cool.

(Also: this is a better link to viewing everything.)

Friday, May 2, 2014


(Source: ronaelisa)