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Five Questions with Timi Bliss
Today's interview is with Timi Bliss, development associate for the American Craft Council.
What is your favorite/most-read art or craft book in your personal collection?
The Doll by Carl Fox, photographed by H. Landshoff. I collected dolls as a child, and this book was given to me on my 10th birthday from my mom. It's a photographic tribute to the doll's folklore, craftsmanship, and culture. I remember being really spooked yet fascinated by the image and story of the tiny coffin containing two voodoo dolls that washed ashore on a beach. Getting this book as a gift meant the world to me and would be one of the items I'd try to grab if my house was on fire and I had to get out now. I was happy to see it in the Council's library, too!
What book or magazine would you like to sneak out of the ACC Library?
1000 Rings: Inspiring Adornments for the Hand, published by Lark Books. It's daring, clever, and extreme hand jewelry. For me, thumbing through the pages is reminiscent of looking through the Sears catalog at Christmas time..."Ooh, I want this one! No, wait, I want this one!"
What book(s) are you currently reading? Any kind of book is fine!
Ugh...sadly, it's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson. So many people have raved about this novel, yet they all neglected to mention how slow it is. I'm half way through and it's just starting to pick up, and that doesn't make for a great read, no matter how it may end. I love suspense and thrillers, but the suspense on how this is going to end isn't killing me, unfortunately.
What hooked you on craft? What's the first craft you remember seriously catching your eye?
The 1970s defined my love of craft! A childhood growing up in the 70s meant having a house decorated with macramé plant holders and wooden beaded curtains. I learned how to latch hook, weave fabric on my child-sized loom, and sew on the sewing machine my grandma bought me when I was 12 years old.
Although I don't recall any one particular craft catching my eye, I do know I gravitated toward fashion and wanted to be a fashion designer when I grew up. As a kid, I remember being amazed at the dual-purpose of Underdog's secret compartment ring and Wonder Woman's bullet-deflecting bracelets, so maybe that's what caught my eye!
If you could master a new craft, what would it be?
I'd love to attend the University of the Arts London - College of Fashion to study in the Cordwainers Footwear Design program. I have an obsession with funky and fun sandals and wonder what I could design if I could create my own shoes. Oh, and I'd love to learn metalsmithing to master creating the bold statement rings I love to wear. I'd be styled from head-to-toe with rings on my fingers and bells on my toes!
Five Questions is a brief Q&A about books and craft, with people who love and use the American Craft Council Library.