This week, we're turning our attention to our awesomely talented Kollabora members. Please meet Wanett Clyde. She has inspired us to no end with her ever growing body of projects. Indeed, she makes making look effortless. Enjoy!
Hi! I'm, Wanett aka SownBrooklyn. My DIY weapons of choice are my sewing machine and serger. I've driven MILES on those pedals! I've also been known to wield sticks, hooks and string. But the call of garment sewing is the strongest at the moment. When I'm looking for inspiration I head to my Google Reader feed or Pinterest, both are JAM packed with bloggers I love. My children are also a great well to draw from. They have all inherited my urge to make which is so amazing to see!
My grandmother was a fantastic seamstress and a prolific crocheter. She could churn out king sized granny square blankets with ease. She taught me to crochet when I was very young and allowed me to kidnap, and abuse, her classic Kenmore machine when the sewing bug took hold. I owe all my crafty talents, and tendency to hoard, to her.
If I ever stop creating you’ll find me curled into a sad little ball. Making things is my primary means of stress relief. Redirecting my energy towards a task allows me to zone out and I am a person in great need of zoning out. Blogging and playing on my iPhone help with that, too. My favorite app was Instagram, but it has rapidly become Twitter. I've found so many cool things through its users.
As a great lover of movies (undergrad film major) and books (current library worker), I have a well supplied go-to list. The movie that can pull me from any slump, ANY, is The Big Lebowski. Just thinking of it can make me smile and snort. As for books, get yourself any from the Georgia Nicolson series for shits and giggles.
My favorite artist is Frida Kahlo. My love stems from a combination of her unapologetic comfort in her skin, self confidence and the way she uses her pain and displays her vulnerability through her art. I also love dancers/choreographer/actors/artist Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder. Their body of work is so inspiring!
My favorite thing about making is the sense of accomplishment I feel. Regardless of success or failure, I did it or at least tried. I have a fearlessness in making that does not come so easy in the rest of my life.
To me, DIY means life. Do as much as you can, yourself. And in as many areas of your life as possible. That's why I'm excited about the Maker movement/revolution. Because it's no longer a movement. It's a way of life. Make your own dinner. Or clothing. Build a table. Or some shelves. And those who can't make, support those who've made making their livelihood.
This year I plan to continue working on being the kind of person I want to be. A person who I can keep feeling proud of. A person who reaches her goals and then sets more. A person who makes things and shares things and has fun. A person who tries to be a good mom, wife, sister, friend, employee. And the kind who forgives herself when she falls short.
Thank you Wanett, we can't wait to see what you make next!
[photos courtesy of Wanett Clyde]