It took me a little bit about what to write about my ‘yarn love’ and then a Facebook memory popped up that told me exactly what makes me love yarn the most – it’s community. Yesterday I was reminded of a lost friend, Janice Rosema, She was this incredible fiber artist, a freeform crocheter who loved colour and interesting art in general. She had a way of getting to know other fibre artists sort of quietly and then when you would talk to her she would mention the different things that you had created or shared over the years, and it made you feel special because you were in the presence of this amazing fiber artist…who knew YOU. I have a lot more to say about this, but I will keep it short in order to honour her memory, and share the words of a great friend, and the talent of many others.
My friend Naomi, of Ryono Creations shared a beautiful little post on this day in 2013 that mentions a lot of us that have flown in the same circle for years, and it really warmed my heart.
“The world is a bit less colorful today….fiber artist and friend Janice Rosema is gone.”
yes, the fiber community lost a creative force yesterday. she was not as visible recently as she had been in the past due to her poor health, but she was an inspiration to many. janice, her creations, and her creations to be, will be missed.
i only met up with janice a few times but she always had the nicest smile and a warm hug for me. i felt heavy throughout the day yesterday, but it also made me think of the wonderful artists i have met who inspired me when i first started playing with fiber back in 2007.
michelle snowdon told me today…
“It is a blessing how the passing of a dear person allows our hearts to open towards those who have touched our lives.”
so, as i say goodbye, i would also like to thank these artists who came before me and inspired me early on in my fiber pursuits (in no particular order)…
the yarn wench (lynn wigell)…may your dye pots never stop simmering…aaarrrrrrrr matey!
laura mayotte…your themed handspuns floor me every…single…time
tracy hudson…art yarns on a spindle anyone? and ambassador for the art yarn movement
stoneleafmoon (linda scharf)…she encouraged us to look within for inspiration to create our own unique yarns
studioloo (cindy cole bennett)…whose barbie doll yarn totally freaked me out but opened my eyes to endless possibilities
wooldancer (michelle snowdon)…your name perfectly fits your whimsical, free spirited creations
chef karen barnaby (kaybee)…who pushes boundaries and whips up playful spingredients into the coolest handspuns to answer any spin challenge
holly braddock…who encouraged me to grab a handful of locks and just spin, baby! (Rest in peace, my beautiful friend)
lexi boeger…handspun revolution anyone?
natasha fialkov (luxe)…where my love for flower yarns came from
reenie hanlin (now peculiar ambitions, used to be material whirled)…how could i not be inspired by someone who spun troll dolls into her handspun?
yarnpunk (elizabeth o’ donnell)…talk about rad handspuns!!
hobbledehoy (elizabeth stottlemeyer)…she had me at her batts way back when…and still does
thank you for your inspiration and for your contributions to the fiber arts community.
“without you i would never be me
you are the leaves on my family tree”
– from “sing together” by train