É Crochet para as pessoas pobres? Olek diz assim.

por Kathryn em Agosto 16, 2012 · 22 comentários

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If you follow this blog regularly then you know that I really like the work that artista crochê Olek faz. I also think she seems like a fun and funky person who is always doing interesting new things. But it’s tough to be that without sometimes also being controversial and some of the things Olek has said in the past has had me raising an eyebrow.

One of those things was back during the promotion of her London art show when the Village Voice quoted her as saying:

Crochet came to me as a result of being totally brokeI had to make a costume in NYC and I had no cash for a sewing machine. I used any materials I could possible findI even cut my sheets into strips to make pieces. Being resourceful is in my blood as you can see. Crochet is for poor peoplethat’s why you can find it in almost any culture across the globe. I am just a tiny spider who walked at night in East London collecting items soon to be transformed into crocheted pieces.

No começo eu estava encantado com esta citação, especialmente a última linha! Mas então eu comecei a querer saber sobre essa frase – “crochê é para os pobres”.

I do get what Olek is saying here. One of the really great things about crochet is that it is a highly affordable craft. Crochet hooks can be purchased for very little money and will last a very long time. Affordable yarn is widely available and if even that’s too much then you can always crochet with recycled fabric strips, plastic bags and other materials.

So I agree that crochet is an affordable craft (ou, pelo menos, que pode ser … my yarn stash says it can also be pricey if you let it!) But to say that it is for poor peopleI don’t think I’d use that phrase myself. Crochet is popular these days but for a long time it was seen as a second cousin to knittingthe cheaper, “craftier”, lowbrow cousinthe cousin that lives on the wrong side of the tracks. I think fewer people think that today but I don’t think we’re so far away from those times that the idea should be reinforced.

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LilyGarcia
LilyGarcia

Is crochet for poor people??? Are you kidding me? Yarn is expensive! Lol. I actually have to save for a while before I can go stock up on yarn, and the infinite notions you need to create a PIECE OF ART. I think EVERYONE should learn this art and not let it die. Unfortunately many people don't appreciate all the work and time that goes in to something, and the end up getting rid of it. I only gift my work to people I know will take care of it.

AndreaKline
AndreaKline

Crochê(and knitting too- Eu acho que- I don't knit or know) is being used in some programs for homeless women as a learning activity, a way to make something lovely and useful and also as a psychological tool. The programs generally ask for donated hooks and yarn due to cost and also as with supermarkets, there are not craft stores in the inner city- and the few IYS in cities are usually too pricey and not well located for someone with limited money.

Sacredcrocheter
Sacredcrocheter

Eu tenho que concordar com os outros comentadores que sentiram o comentário de Olek estava sendo perdido na tradução. Quando eu li isso eu me senti orgulhoso de ser um crocheter pobre! Eu tenho visto pessoas pobres crochê com tudo e qualquer coisa que pudessem encontrar e isso só eleva o meu coração para o céu. Eu possuo uma cesta de malha incrível feito com vermelho, fio elétrico azul e branco deixado para trás por homens de trabalho na Jamaica. Comprei a cesta de uma mulher incrivelmente talentosa e incrivelmente pobre vivendo em um barraco ao lado de uma estrada. Eu próprio também um tapete bonito que uma mulher pobre malha a partir do que restou de seus maridos roupas de trabalho antigo. Eu valorizo ​​essas peças porque me lembram que nenhuma dificuldade, nenhuma perda ou a pobreza pode silenciar o espírito criativo.

Embora seja possível fazer crochê coisas incríveis quando você tem dinheiro, o verdadeiro artista crochê emerge quando tudo foi retirado e tudo o que resta é o imparável, desejo ardente de criar.

Crochet é ofício dos povos!

magsiesss
magsiesss

Não - crochê certamente não é para os pobres. Rainha Vitória era pobre? Pessoas crochet ou fazer outros ofícios para além do custo razões ...

SuperNerdyHookr
SuperNerdyHookr

Eu estou quebrado e eu crochet, mas eu não fazer crochê porque eu estou quebrado. I crochet because I am creative and find more outlets and inspiration with crochet. Using one hook I am better able to visualize where I have been and where I am going with a project. I work mostly with affordable yarns, but when I have extra cash on hand I splurge on luxury yarns. As for crochet being for the poor it is thrifty and practical in the same way that knitting is thrifty. I think any stigma associated with crochet comes more from the relative newness of crochet, first appeared in the west in the early 1800s.

danidoesdoilies
danidoesdoilies

I was pregnant with #4 (!) and needed to make the baby some clothing. I hadn't made any dresses before so I crocheted her the Soft As Clouds dress from Simple Crochet for Cherished Babies. I will admit that I crocheted the dresses because there was a need. Although I had a need for the clothes I did not want her dresses to look cheap or to look as if I really needed them and that I could not afford to buy them. I heard an adage that said you want your clothes to look homemade, not handmade...or is it handmade, not homemade, I can't remember! Well anyway, I didn't want it to look as if those crocheted dresses were my little girl's only option for attire. They were terribly inexpensive to make once your factored in the fact that I made at least 10 deles! The hook was already purchased and the yarn...well since it was for a newborn baby I went to the cost of purchasing special baby yarn. So to answer your question (finalmente!) crochet is probably for poor people (although I think June from PlanetJune make an excellent point.) I could have created her an entire wardrobe if I wanted to. I probably would have continued to make her darling little dresses and bonnets and diaper covers if she were in fact a girl! Two sonograms and a belly reader told me it was a girl, but in fact he was a she! Read all about it when my book is published someday!

June from PlanetJune
Junho de PlanetJune

We should probably take into account that, as Olek is from Poland, English isn't her first language. This sounds like a subtlety that a non-native English speaker could miss: the difference between "even poor people can afford to crochet" e "crochê é para os pobres"...

dlyrs
dlyrs

Não - I don't think crochet is for poor people. It is for creative people. :)

While I'm here, I'd like to say that I don't particularly like Olek's work - I don't think it's attractive at all. (I hope I don't get blasted for saying that)

undergroundcrafter
undergroundcrafter

Well... although obviously people of all economic classes can and do crochet, historically, crochet HAS been for poor people. I think that is a big part of the stigma associated with crochet in the US. I also think Olek likes to court controversy - she is, afinal, an artist whose work deals directly with social roles and public/private issues, so we should be too surprised when she words things strongly :).

CrochetBlogger
CrochetBlogger mediador

@AndreaKline I'm so glad to hear that there are programs in homeless shelters like this. Sei que também há muitas prisões que oferecem programas de crochê onde os presos podem usar ganchos doados e fios para peças de artesanato para a caridade para "devolver".

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CrochetBlogger
CrochetBlogger mediador

@SuperNerdyHookr I'm loving all of these great comments - especially your first three sentences here which are so true and powerful!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

CrochetBlogger
CrochetBlogger mediador

@danidoesdoilies I definitely want to read all about it! I do think it's terrific that it's possible to make beautiful garments for a fraction of the price of buying them and you've shared a great example of that.

yarnivore
yarnivore

@Junho de PlanetJune I'll have to agree with you here! If she'd said, "Crochet is affordable...that’s why you can find it in almost any culture across the globe," we probably wouldn't have any quarrel with her! :)

CrochetBlogger
CrochetBlogger mediador

@dlyrs Não., to each their own. There's something about the graphic bold nature of her work that I really like - it looks very much like the street art she's inspired by - but I can totally see why it wouldn't suit everyone!

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