It began, as so many wonderful things do, with a random conversation on Twitter.
First, Marlo tweeted something about watching a Gene Kelly film. Being a huge Gene fan, I replied, and I cc-ed Rachel, because she loves her some Gene as well. Then Alissa and Stacie chimed in, and Moxie and Tara, and before we knew it, we’d cooked up a Gene Kelly Craft-Along.
This makes me about fifty kinds of happy, because I don’t really have words for how much I love Gene Kelly’s work. That’s pure joy as expressed through dance – and sure, there are legends about him being a crazy perfectionist, but the man had vision. And rock-hard abs.
Oddly, though, I’ve never done much Gene-related crafting. Above is the one Gene craft I’ve ever made in my life: it’s a little creativity shrine. I think it’s from circa 2004.
In fact, it turns out that the world is surprisingly devoid of Gene Kelly-themed crafts. Go do some Googling right now; I’ll wait.
Where’s the Gene-as-sailor amigurumi? Where are the Gene quilts? The mixed media jewelry? And yes, where is the Gene Kelly plastic canvas?
Well, my Twitter pals and I aim to make the world a Gene-Kelly-craftier place, and you’re cordially invited to join in! This is a very informal affair – there aren’t any hard deadlines. The whole thing starts today (which is, appropriately enough, the man’s 100th birthday, were he still with us). From here, feel free to make a Gene-based craft and share it on your blog and our little Flickr group. Want a Twitter hashtag? #GK4EVR.
I’ll be sharing my new Gene project (which, yes, does involve the aforementioned PC, and is epic) in stages here. And if you’d like to do some swooning with me in the comments below, I’d be totally up for that.
Here are the other Gene Kelly Crafters’ posts: