Why Aprons?


There is something both practical and powerfully creative about putting on an apron.  It says I’m ready for action!  It says I am switching gears and desire to produce something now.   We take aprons for granted.  We forget about their versatility in our lives.  Imagine for a while the studio of Michelangelo, artist bent over a craggy block of marble, tools in hands.  I’m certain that he wore an apron.  Maybe he did not call it that, but yes, he wore an apron.  Or, the metalworkers of Toledo, Spain who for centuries have crafted the finest swords.  You know it is essential they don an apron.  My brother carves wood all day, crafting fine stringed instruments.  Yes, he wears an apron.

Now, the beauty of the apron, for the chef, gardener, potter or de-clutterer (to name a meager few creatives) is that the clothing beneath remains pristine, while the stage is set for accomplishment.  Think about it, there is a psychic readiness to create when that apron is strapped on.  Kind of like the doctor with her stethoscope round the neck, cop with his holster in place, the fly fisherman with his pole in hand and flies pinned to hat, and, of course, the new mother with her diaper bag slung over her shoulder.  You say of course, but how often do we just jump into a project and forget about it?  I like to imagine that the apron draws vibrant energy into us as we ready ourselves before creating!  A much finer lasagna may emerge, or a more subtle line to the image we are painting, or the pot we are throwing.

Anyway, I am satisfied that my washing machine runs less often.   Maybe an apron is a good habit to get into.


About kcthreads

Two years ago I left an administrative government job to live near my relatives in America's "heartland," and to be free to pursue my own and my family's interests and needs! This transition exceeds my dreams of a life near loved ones with time to be creative. My husband and I have found ourselves young at heart again as we explore gifts we had set aside to meet the needs of our workplaces and community. He photographs birds and wildlife daily, and exhibits in local galleries. I design and make handbags and aprons that I sell through my Etsy shop and by word of mouth. After 30 plus years, I am finally studying art again, taking classes in watercolor and pastels from a nationally acclaimed artist! During the years I promoted youth development and family programming in my community and state, I have been compelled to find ways to support American made crafts and products. This recession has encouraged me to promote and support the efforts of local artisans and craftspeople, in the belief that a renewal of hands-on entrepreneurial-ism can make our community and our nation stronger. When we purchased this '30's bungalow three years ago, we didn't realize there was a farmers market within walking distance and an artists cooperative gallery even closer! I am an advocate of using and re-using products that have been designed and crafted with care, and strive to live responsibly and creatively. Another indulgent pursuit of mine is re-learning how to cook - after a lifetime of taking shortcuts due to long work hours and ease of take home food. My inspiration and tutorials are mostly from Jamie Oliver and Julia Child! After a year of experimentation and joyful homemade cuisine, I am inspired to share the crazy fun of cooking and dining with more than family and friends. As I cook, and watercolor and sew I find inspiration everywhere in the present...and the past. I was blessed with a Mom who was home with my brother and I, and who joyfully cooked and sewed and imagined the possibilities in life each day with us. My offerings in this blog will include some of her inspiration. Life is good!
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2 Responses to Why Aprons?

  1. pobept says:

    Mama and grandma wore aprons most of everyday. It was good to hold like a basket, fresh vegetables from our garden headed to our kitchen sink, to hold fresh eggs gathered in the hen house, to dry her hands better than a paper towel, to dust a hallway table when company came by unexpected, wipe sweat from her brow or a kids runny nose.
    I’m glad someone besides me remembers the so useful – home / hand made apron.

    • kcthreads says:

      Thanks pobept – I had forgotten about using the apron as a basket to carry valuables like eggs in! My Grandma did that too – not sure what she was carrying in hers though as I was so little and looking upwards! I think it was clothespins from the laundry hung out to dry.

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