"My grandma can do it"
by, 28-07-2012 at 10:56 PM (598 Views)
Tonight I had very "constructive" conversation with one girl. She started to talk to me on FB, asking some questions about my crocheted jewelry, not a rare thing... She even asked me about my tatted owl earrings (that are not for sale just for show-off).
And somewhere in the middle of conversation, as I expected, she asked me why I do that when "everybody's grandma can do it"? She told me that her grandma can make those things, even better. I was actually glad to hear that someone in my country, and city, know how to tat, even asked her if her grandma can teach me a bit (I was willing to pay for lessons). Only to get answer: "Well not that tat thing but she know how to crochet and knit and needle point,and...bla bla bla. So why do I make crocheted lace jewelry if everybody's grandma know to do all that?"
It's not a first an I presume not the last time that someone ask me that. For better or for worse, most of the times that person return to me asking if I still have a choker or earrings or whatever, because in the end - her grandma couldn't do it.
But it really angers me that kind of attitude. Lace work is not easy to do. When I was kid my grandma and my mom has taught me to do crochet, needlepoint, making a Irish lace, to make a Richelieu lace....I didn't like that then. And I had to learn some stuff all over again when I started taking interest. But...only to have that knowledge prevented me from frowning on other people work and to respect people who make it. Is it something wrong with my perspective or with perspective of others?