We get really excited every time the latest pompom arrives… so March is starting off with squeals of delight as [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] hits the shelves! The details are always so perfect in every issue of pompom – right down to the fresh cantaloupe color on the cover. Spring is all about transition and the pieces featured this season strike a perfect balance between the uplifting and airy feeling of wanting to get outside as the days get longer, and the need for cozy comfort as the last of the snow melts away.
Anna Maltz’ great article “Knitting Fire and Fury” reflects on the power of craft and the importance of the handmade in a tumultuous world. I love her reminder that while knitting is soothing and offers us respite, it is also a vehicle for community, collective action, and challenging the status quo. There’s power in those sticks and strings and this is the year to embrace it!
The article also features a gorgeous illustration (below) by Elena Skoreyko Wagner. All the color, joy, and energy of this image really captured the best of what is happening in the midst of challenging times, it made my heart sing… I just had to know more about the artist behind the image. On her blog, Elena’s Treehouse, she describes herself as “a freelance illustrator, using cut paper collage, watercolour, pencil, ink and sometimes digital collage to tell the stories of life’s magically mundane moments.”
Magically mundane, what a perfect sentiment. Sometimes the greatest power of craft-making is in the humble day-to-dayness of it, and it’s great to see that celebrated! Check out more of Elena’s lovely creative musings and images, and shop her prints, at her blog Elena’s Treehouse.
Izumi by Natalie Selles
Odonata by Courtney Cedarholm
Tinea by Rachel Brockman
Plus, this issue’s featured recipe is for Pistachio Shortbread with Rosewater – yes please!