I came across this thought-provoking article at crochetville.com which I think you should have a look at. I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.
It brings in to question the intelligence of those of us who crochet. I happen to feel that creative people, overall, are very intelligent. This would be whether you crochet, knit, embroider, tat, or whatever . . . the list goes on and on.
Oh, and by the way, I would also love to know if this ‘unknown’ publisher ever gave a public apology.
Amy Shelton’s article starts out: “I was recently part of an online discussion with a crochet designer friend that left me completely flummoxed and outraged. Why? Because of a comment made to this designer by a publisher. Go grab a relaxing beverage to sip while you read this. You’re going to need it. You’ll probably be as upset as I am.
This designer came up with a design inspired by Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night. Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it? Well, not according to one publisher. The publisher apparently asked “if crocheters would even know who Van Gogh was.” (To the best of my knowledge, this was not a publisher whose main business interest is as part of the crochet industry, thank the starry heavens!)
I don’t know about you, but I learned who Van Gogh was in middle school art class. I know art classes have been removed from many public schools, but I was still pretty sure that crocheters were going to know who he was. We don’t live under a rock, after all!
So I set off to do a little unsolicited market research on behalf of this mysterious unknown publisher. I ran right over to Crochetville’s Facebook page for instant access to over 13,000 crocheters.(Scroll down to the posts by page from January 7.)”
And, the article continues, with crocheters having a LOT to say on the matter . . .
Crocheters Are Intelligent, not Stupid or Ignorant. Posted by Amy Shelton on January 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm