Now that July is here, I’ve been able to unplug a bit from the busyness of academic life and focus on other activities that bring me joy. Sewing and surfing.
Although they are fundamentally different activities, they have a few qualities in common. Both require switching between concentration and patience. Both involve skill and creativity. And both are deeply meditative. Engaging in either activity, I often find myself in a quasi-flow state.
In addition, both sewing and surfing have increased my awareness of plastic pollution and textile waste. They’ve also motivated me to try to work with what I have, to look for ways to reuse and repurpose. With this in mind, it’s not surprising that my recent sewing endeavors are inspired by the surf, and that they involve repurposing materials. The specific materials are burlap and woven plastic from discarded coffee sacks. Check out a few of these creations!
Let me know if you’d like any of the above. Pay what you can, and I’ll donate the proceeds to Surfrider Canada. Feel free to reach out if you’d like the patterns! Share the love!
Happy cruising y’all!