I’ve been challenging myself to write things that allow a bit more creativity than technical documentation and manuals. A couple of months ago I interviewed a friend in Wellington about her art and design practice, as well as her personal philosophies on design and consumerism.
I wanted to write the interview as more of an article, but found it more challenging and took the easy way out by writing it up as a Q&A piece. I think I was successful in organizing her ideas and presenting them in her voice.
I was excited to get the PDFs of the article. I love the clean layout of World Sweet World. The photographer did a great job of capturing Wendy’s energy and spunk. I love the close up shots highlighting the details of the zipper on the obsolete black vinyl chair, and the red buttons on the other obsolete chair.
For the past couple of years I have been doing a lot of functional writing for work: documentation, how tos, tutorials, and tip sheets. I’ve wanted to branch out and start writing pieces that have a slightly wider appeal than how to filter your search results in library database search or how to run recurring reports through the Local System Admin interface on the Evergreen open source ILS.
Here’s my first published piece that describes how to felt old sweaters (or jerseys if you’re a Kiwi) and how to make mittens or a scarf out of the felt. It was published in World Sweet World, “a New Zealand based alt-indie DIY/MIY/lifestyle magazine aimed at the growing number of creative people returning to a more sustainable and home-made lifestyle”.
I’m now working on two more pieces for World Sweet World, and have pitched two more articles to another magazine. I’m more excited than scared about interviewing folks, researching stories and writing stuff.