Sounds Crafty: Al Fraser, The Woolshed Sessions
Top: Musician and craftsperson Al Fraser, photographed by Andy Morley-Hall.
Check out other Sounds Crafty showcases on Felt:
Series 1 (2009):
Wellington-based musician and craftsperson Al Fraser is a man of many talents. As well as performing with indie folk group The Woolshed Sessions, he plays his handcrafted taonga puoro (musical instruments of the Maori) with several other Wellington bands, including Tahu and Rosy Tin Teacaddy. Al shared some of his favourites from Felt and his thoughts on craft.
Did you make stuff when you were a kid?
What's your earliest or most vivid craft-related memory?
Are you crafty or do you make stuff now, and if so, what do you make?
Assuming time, materials and cost were no object and you were given the opportunity to make anything you wanted, what would you make?
If you were a crafty superhero, what would your name and superpower be?
Hot glue gun, needle and thread or hammer and nails?
Do you think craft suffers from pre-conceived notions of lace-covered coat hangers and toilet roll covers? If so, any suggestions for how craft can improve its image?
What's the best handmade thing you've ever been given?
Have you ever worn something you've made on stage or in public?
If your music took physical shape what would it look like? What would it be made of?
Why would you buy something handmade?
What was the last handmade item you bought?
Are crafty girls/boys hot? Smokin’ hot.
If you're in the Wellington area, Al is playing on 19 June with Rhian Sheehan at the Wellington Opera House. If you can't make it to that, worry not – The Woolshed Sessions is available on Amplifier and you can check out Tahu on their website.