The clever Ms. Curly Pops has devised a lovely way to re purpose tea towels. As I've got a drawer stuffed to capacity with numerous vintage lovelies, I commissioned two aprons from her and here they be. Beautifully crafted!One for my M.i.L. who has made us a Christmas cake in her Mix Master for the last 18 years. And one for my Mum who was a big fan of the Sunbeam Frypan. It even had it's own bench space in our kitchen.The apron represents a conflicting set of ideals for me. I have vivid memories as a child of Dad coming home on payday and Mum holding out her "pinny" while the housekeeping money was dished out into it. It was meant to be a joke, but even as a girl, it made me feel a bit uncomfortable.
I knew I didn't want the bloke to control all the money. I wanted to earn money too.
Luckily I have always been financially independent, and able to contribute to the family coffers.
That said, I love the domesticity of the apron. I'm not that domesticated, but I can dream.......
I've been reading the growing debate around women who are embracing the domestic arts, be they cooking, crafting, or gardening. I don't believe this heralds a return to the days when my Mum held out her pinny, made many of our clothes, baked cakes and cooked regularly in her Sunbeam fry pan. "Pinny porn" is the term that's been bandied around.
I believe it's women making a choice and having the ability to direct their lives in the ways they see fit. Contemporary crafting is clever, healthy and environmentally aware, and not just for the comfortably off, idle women who have nothing better to do. Tanis Taylor sums it well.
So, sorry Germaine, crafting today is modern and progressive, not regressive.
We Craft and love pinnies-so there!
Cute book found at Camberwell market on Sunday. I was a little Elizabeth that helped her Mummy. Look at her gorgeous apron!