So we've moved yet again, digging up the roots we'd firmly established in England so that we could start a new chapter in America. In August we touched down in Boston, a city heaped in history; having soaked up so much of it while we were there, I feel more like I'm about to write the story of our journey long-hand in some pilgrim's annal rather than typing on a laptop. While our journey can in no way compare with the challenges faced by early-day pilgrims, it feels like a minor epic. An epic-ette.
In the Studio...
They say necessity is the mother of invention; the change of seasons drove me to my next creative project: a beanie for my little bean. I've been making these since I was pregnant, so the concept is nothing new, but the designs always are. I just love this little hat!!
From the Library...
I read once that a book finds you when you're ready for it. I was so excited when I read about this book being released and my mother-in-law, who is so amazing at remembering such things, kindly gave it to me for Christmas last year. I've stared at it on my shelf over the last year, longing to read it but somehow not feeling quite ready. I can't really explain why. I just finished reading a great book and was ready for a new read, but hadn't really settled on what that might be. Then it was Halloween and my husband gave me the great idea that I should dress up as Rosie the Riveter. This inspired me to do a bit of research into Rosie which I'm glad that I did; I learned that the much-loved image that we associate with this propagandist icon turned symbol of feminism was based on a painting by Norman Rockwell; Rockwell based his depiction of Rosie on Michelangelo's painting of the prophet Isaiah, which adorns the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Not long after the release of the Saturday Evening Post which used Rockwell's illustration for its cover, a marketing company was hired to create an image which could be used as a recruitment tool to encourage women to do their part to support the country during WWII. Because of copyright issues, the company came up with the image that is now popularly associated with Rosie the Riveter. All of this made me reflect on the women of the 40s who were called to duty and how this shaped the workforce of the 50s. Naturally, I had no choice by to grab this book from the shelf. It's riveting, to say the least. Pardon the pun.