I've been thinking a lot about large topics related to small objects, like symbolism and esthetics ("why yes, my knitting a potholder does make a political statement!", that sort of thing)
Because so much of my free time is devoted to being creative in one form or another, and my favored craft is jewelry, which is heavily gendered, I have taken up residence at the intersection of feminism, crafter-dom. In the last couple of weeks, I've been wondering why so many craft bloggers (that I've come across) are Christian, explicitly or implicitly. This got me thinking whether this has anything to do with the larger crafting "communities", or US culture. It also made me wonder "where are the atheist/secular crafters"? Apparently, they are right here :)
Given my predilections towards traditionally feminine designs and my fascination with all things Victorian, I keep mentally going back to 2nd wave feminist inquiries into 19th century domestic culture. Crafting, even jewelry, has been around *far* longer than Victorian era, but it's my theory that there was something unique about the way goods were made, who made them, and why in the Victorian/Edwardian time periods that gave us "arts and crafts" as we know them today. This was also a highly religious era, at least ostensibly. Lotta stuff, lotta women making it, and a lotta scripture flying around. Sounds like many crafter communities today. Not all, but many.
It's a big, messy, inclusive palette of ideas, and I'm still working on cogent theses, but it's really fun to think about. I'm linking below to my actual craft blog, Venice in Winter, so people can stroll in and see what I've been thinking about.
I enjoy dialog, so question away, commiserate, comment, whatever! I reserve the right to ignore the rude, but hopefully that won't be a problem :)