I just this second learned horrible, tragic news about Kathreen Ricketson, whose Whip Up has been one of my absolute favorite craft blogs, for the longest time.
Here’s a news account of what happened. I didn’t really want to read this, but I couldn’t believe it.
In this blog world, a woman who lives in Adelaide, Australia, is as nearby as a computer screen. To see Kathreen’s world so vividly, for so long, meant so much to me. I learned so much about making stuff from her, and she had an artist’s eye. More than that, she had a very human understanding of how craft and art are about people and the connections they make. Whipup.net was about the people as much as the crafts.
She had begun to live out a dream that many of us have, to take off for a year with our families. And she was planning to share the journey in a book. Family Road Trip.
Her ability to create a place in the ether where art and craft and family combined in such gorgeous ways was a gift to us all.
As is my fantasy with the Internet crafting world, I always figured I’d end up in Australia someday, and I would go find Kathreen, and we’d go have tea and make something.
There is an education fund being set up to help her two young children. I’ll pass along information once I have it.
Such an inspiring, inspired spirit.