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Crafty plans don't always work

June 6, 2017



Sometimes things don't go to plan.  But that's just part of life.


As the Kaiser Chiefs once said "Knock me down, I'll get right back up again... I'll come back stronger than a powered up Pac-Man".


I think one of my best attributes is the ability to be a powered up Pac-Man.  And here's a story of how I needed that attribute in spades last year.


In Spring 2016, I was supported by Fife Cultural Trust to embark on an artist-led research project visiting lots of needle based craft groups.  For FCT, it was research into crafters' engagement craft and in other cultural activities in their local area.  For Mrs Magooty, it was development for a theatre piece called Crafty, celebrating and telling stories about the needle based craft world in Scotland.


Meeting different groups across Fife was an absolute joy.  So many fabulously creative women, gathering with like minds to feed head, heart and hands.


As we travelled round, we recorded people's stories on little luggage tags. Capturing why people craft, where they learnt and how that impacts on their lives.