Sue Maton is a textile designer from Norwich who has a passion for yarn, crochet, colours, tradition and teaching. Sue has a degree and an MA in Textile Design and her online company is called The Mercerie. Sue is leading the Homage to the Granny Square project at this year’s Festival.
What is it about your making skill that makes you enjoy it so much?
At this present moment my making skill of choice is crochet because it offers me the most direct route to creative expression. I enjoy the rhythmic, almost meditative, formation of the stitches and it’s important to me that whatever I bring into the world has a function as well as a beauty.
What does it mean to you personally and the way you live your life?
Like many people I lead a busy life and look for ways to simplify and streamline what I do and what I accumulate. I love the economy of crochet; one simple hook, some beautiful, natural yarn, and infinite potential.
What has been your greatest making achievement?
It really is just the opportunity I have had to work with so many amazing people over a teaching career that has, so far, spanned three decades. The knowledge that I may have made a small impact on so many lives feels like my greatest achievement.
What is your favourite piece of equipment and why?
Any crochet hook. I’m not sentimentally attached to any bits of equipment! But there’s something about the insignificant appearance of a crochet hook and the beautiful treasures it can yield.
What is your favourite making website or blog and why?
I don’t tend to visit making websites as I’m trying to spend less time online but I do love to listen to podcasts that explore different approaches to creativity. I’m currently listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Magic Lessons’ which is less about ‘what’ and ‘how’ to make, and more about ‘why’ we make.
Why do you like being part of the Festival (and formerly of Makers’ Month).
This is my first year and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to connect with other makers and also to showcase some beautiful work by others that deserves to be seen in this space.
What is your advice to a complete beginner who wants to have a go at your craft?
Take your time, practice your skills and choose your materials carefully. Oh, and enjoy yourself!