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February 3, 2008

Getting to know you - HildeC

Yay! I'm only working half a day today, a rarity on a Sunday I can tell you! So what better way to celebrate that than to post another interview!? This time we get to know Hilde from Norway. She makes beautiful sewn, knit and crocheted things. As always remember to leave some comment love for Hilde and don't forget to visit her beautiful blog!

Your name:
My name is HildeC

Your website/blog/shop link:
Blog + shop

Briefly describe yourself and what you make:
I’m 39 years old, and I live in Oslo with a man who has got a lot of tolerance for yarn lying all over the place. I stay at home due to health problems relating to a car accident. This gives me a lot of time to knit, crochet and sew. I make things that are functional, like different garments, ”butt cushions” and bags.

Who or what inspires you?
It is difficult to name sources of inspiration, because I think inspiration can come from so many different places. Books, pictures, internet, something I see out on the street. When I see something that is particularly colourful I often find that inspiring. When I buy yarn I rarely know in advance what to do with it. I let the yarn in itself inspire me when I get home.

When / how did you learn?
My mother taught me how to knit. I learned crochet by reading a book. I’ve never learned anything about sewing, but use the method of trial and error.

Why do you 'bother' to make things by hand?
I think that handmade things have got their own quality just by being handmade. When I make something by hand I put my heart into it, and I believe others that make something by hand do that as well. How can one not like something that has got a heart behind it?

I like the process in itself. Especially if I’m not following someone else’s pattern, but is making my own. It is always exciting to start out with an idea, go trough the process of making it, and see what it will actually turn out like. Sometimes it turns out just the way I planned, but most often it changes to some degree. Sometimes it changes a little bit, and sometimes it turns out completely different. I like that.

What is your craft ”philosophy”?
I’ve been crafting things since I was a little girl, but to varying degrees depending on how much time I’ve had available. It’s always been something positive, something that relaxes me, to enjoy, to experiment with. I guess my craft ”philosophy” is simply to use my hands and imagination in order to have fun. If what I make can be positive for others too, it’s even better.

Fondest craft-related memory?

My fondest craft-related memory is from my childhood, when I was about 5. My grandmother was into porcelain painting as a hobby. She painted plates and cups and so on. I was deeply impressed by this, especially since my grandmother used ”grown up paint”, and not water colours like I did in kinder garden. In addition, she painted on real things, and not on paper like children do. One day she asked me if I wanted to try painting on porcelain. I remember being very surprised, and quite anxious, but also incredibly proud that she actually thought that I could handle something as ”serious” and ”grown up”. I got to paint a little ash tray, two egg cups, a bird, and a small vase. It made me so incredible happy, and it made my self confidence grow a lot. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so proud of any craft related things I’ve made ever since, as I was back then. I’ve still got these little painted items, and they mean a lot to me.

How do you deal with crafty mistakes?
I admit that I swear, and throw it into a corner. Most times I find it again, and continue to work on it. I’ve discovered that I learn a lot from the mistakes I make, so it can be a very positive thing to make mistakes.

Favourite book(s) or craftbook(s)?
The first knit book I bought was ”Poetry in stitches” by Solveig Hisdahl. I’ve bought lots of books since then, but Hisdahl’s book is still my favourite. The colours, the patterns, the pictures – no other book beats that one. I never get tired of it.

Why is crafting good for you?
It gives me a creative outlet that I just need. I can’t explain why I need it; it is just the way it is. My fingers start to get restless if I don’t make something. As I said earlier I’m at home due to health problems. Crafting turns staying at home into something positive. So crafting is good for me because it gives me something to do, I find it meaningful, and it makes me happy.

Is your craft a business as well? Any advice on running a crafty business?
I’ve just opened a little shop on DaWanda. I’ve just started, so I’ve got no advice to give so far. I guess I’m still in a position were I am the one who needs advice from other people.

What impact (if any) has the internet had on your craft?
A lot! It has contributed to turn me into this yarn obsessed person that I’ve turned into. It gives me inspiration. It’s a resource when it comes to learning new skills. Last, but not least, the interactivity of it is just great! To be able to sit at home and communicate with all the other yarn addicts and craft obsessed people out there – I just love it!

If you could make any project without limits to cost, materials or even skill, what would it be?
I guess the answer to that will vary depending on what my current obsession is. Just now I’m totally in love with the yarn Noro Silk Garden. So if I had those opportunities right now, I would buy a ton of Noro Silk Garden, place it all in a huge room, and hire a waiter. Then I would roll around in all the lovely yarn, and have projects all over the place. A bit of knitting here, a bit of crocheting there, and who knows what else. When I got hungry and thirsty, I would just call for the waiter and have him bring me what ever I need to keep the needles and hooks going :-)

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