Wednesday, May 20, 2009

CROCHETED SOAP SACHETS - KUKIČANE KESICE SA SAPUNIMA


>>> It is nothing unusual for me that something else pops up suddenly and stops me from making projects I have had in my mind. Last year I have made few of these soap cachets and offered them for sale as New Year's gifts. Now I've got a custom order to make some more, for a local gift shop, which I could not refuse. Besides, I love crocheting.
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<<<  Za mene nije ništa neobično da mi nešto drugo iskrsne i prekine me u pravljenju projekata koje sam imala na umu. Ove raznobojne kukičane kesice sa sapunima sam napravila prošle godine i ponudila na prodaju kao novogodišnje poklone. Sada sam od lokalnog Gift Shop-a dobila porudžbinu da napravim izvesnu količinu, što nisam mogla da odbijem. Na kraju krajeva, ja volim da kukičam.  
>>> It all, actually, started some seven years ago when I used to live in NYC,USA. After a decade of minimalism back in 90's, I could have notice that a retro/vintage handmade fashion struck back again, in a BIG way. I could have see various fashion items, almost in every store window, with a lot of handmade laces, embroideries and beadworks. A neo-hippy style, now known as Bohemian or Boho style, was very obvious in stores like "Anthropologie" and "Urban Outfitters".

<<<  Sve je, zapravo, počelo pre nekih sedam godina, dok sam još živela u NYC. Posle decenije minimalizma koji je vladao 90-tih, mogla sam da primetim da se ručni radovi i retro stil vraćaju u modu i to na velika vrata. U skoro svakom njujorškom izlogu mogli su se videti komadi odeće sa puno veza, čipke i svetlucavih perlica. Neo-hipi stil, danas poznat kao Boho, bio je naročito uočljiv u radnjama kao  što su "Anthropologie" i "Urban Outfitters".

>>> But what I was amazed with, I have started noticing young, hip and classy NYC women, knitting and crocheting in NYC subway, on their way back home from work. It was very unusual for me to see, because in my country crocheting was something reserved exclusively for older ladies.  I started thinking what it would look like if I would go out and started knitting in a middle of the public transportation...I would be probably taken for observation in a specialty medical institution. Nobody my age did not do such things as knitting and crocheting, at least not publicly. Nobody even admitted that they secretly knit or crochet at home. 

<<<  Ali ono što me je oduševilo bile su mlade, urbane i moderne devojke, koje sam počela da zapažam, kako kukičaju i štrikaju tokom vožnje metroom. Obično na putu kući, sa posla. Za mene je to bio neobičan prizor, pošto je kod nas u to vreme kukičanje bilo jedna od aktivnosti rezervisanih skoro isključivo za starije dame. Zamišljala sam kako bi to izgledalo kada bih ja u Beogradu izašla i počela da kukičam u sred javnog prevoza...verovatno bih bila odvedena na posmatranje, u odgovarajuću instituciju. Niko mojih godina se nije bavio štrikanjem i kukičanjem, bar ne javno. Niko čak nije hteo ni da prizna da potajno štrika ili kukiča. To je nekako bilo - blam.  
>>> I was really sad. I  tried to plead for crocheting as a new form of mental yoga or meditation, but not with a much success. I even tried  to knit in public, but not in Belgrade. It was during a summer vacation in nearby spa, I thought that a rural area and their locals would be more receptive. I sat under the tree and pulled out a hank of yarn and a crocheting needle, as if I was a maniac doing something that was prohibited. I started crocheting and soon I felt as if I was a circus monkey. Yes, people were interested, but they were sneaking around me and asked each other " What's wrong with her? Is she sick?" But they did it in a compassionate way, so my ego was not hurt THAT much!

<<<  Zbog toga sam zaista bila tužna. Pokušala sam da zastupam kukičanje kao novu formu joge ili meditacije, ali bez previše uspeha. Čak sam i pokušala jednom da kukičam na javnom mestu, ali ne u Beogradu. To je bilo tokom letnjeg odmora, u jednoj obližnjoj banji. Mislila sam da će ruralna sredina i njeni stanovnici biti prijemčiviji za tako nešto. Sela sam ispod jednog drveta  u parku i izvukla predivo i pribor za kukičanje, istog momenta se osetivši kao manijak-egzibicionista. Počela sam sa kukičanjem i uskoro sam postala cirkuska atrakcija. Ljudi jesu bili zainteresovani, ali su se šunjali oko mene i zapitkivali jedni druge da nešto samnom nije u redu, šta mi je, itd. Ali kako sam na njihovim licima videla izvesnu dozu sasosećanja,moj ego je to nekako preživeo.   
>>> So, in a years to follow, I've continued with crocheting, but only as an obscure activity and a secret hobby of mine, done (and undone) in a secure intimacy of my own home. Things started to change some three years ago. First, there was an expansion of weaving, that was widely accepted by women of all ages. Next, an internet connection started reaching almost every household. Back than, there was a Flickr, where people used to meet and exchange photos of everything and there was a big community devoted to knit and crochet works. I guess that's how information started flowing and everything changed over the night. 

<<<  Tako da sam u godinama koje su usledile nastavila sa kukičanjem, ali u krajnjoj tajnosti i intimi doma svoga, kao jednu opskurnu aktivnost i hobi, samo meni znane. Stvari su počele da se menjaju pre neke tri godine. Prvo se desila ekspanzija tkanja koja je bila široko prihvaćena među ženama svih godina. A zatim je usledio i internet koji je stigao gotovo do svakog domaćinstva. U to vreme bio je popularan Flickr, kao mesto za online okupljanja i razmenu slika i informacija. Postojala je i velika zajednica okupljena oko štrikanja i kukičanja. Predpostavljam da su odatle potekle prve informacije i tako se sve promenilo, gotovo preko noći. 
 >>> I could have finally relax and start offering crocheted items for sales. And just when I was into developing some products, like these soap sachtes and hats, I have discovered that I could knit and crochet or do any kind of fiber technique, with WIRE :)! And use these techniques for utterly different purposes!  But again, I was at the beginning. I have made an internet search and discovered that there is not much to find  about wire crocheting. And here, in Belgrade, I can't even find a jewelry wire. I did find a florist wire in gauge 32, but the silver one is very stiff. So I'm looking, and looking, and looking...

<<<  Konačno sam mogla da se opustim i počnem da nudim kukičane proizvode na prodaju. I baš kad sam htela da razvijem liniju proizvoda, poput ovih kesica za sapune, kapa, itd., otkrila sam da mogu da kukičam, štrikam ili upotrebim bilo koju od fajber tehnika, ali sa žicom :)! Kao i da koristim te tehnike za potpuno druge svrhe. Ali to me je ponovo odvelo na početak. Napravila sam internet pretragu i otkrila da na temu nakita u tehnici kukičane žice ne izlazi mnogo rezultata. Uz to, ni ovde u Beogradu nisam mogla da nađem odgovarajuću žicu za kukičanje. Jesam našla cvećarsku žicu, ali srebrna (koja mi je najvažnija) je previše tvrda. Tako da sam u potrazi za žicom...  




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