In the past few press releases we've gotten from Interweave, there is a noticeable trend: craft media takeover. They are getting into quilting. They are getting into TV. They are getting into podcasting (and luring us with promised interviews with the Harlot nonetheless!)
Maybe I'm an alarmist. No wait, I really am an alarmist. But even so I don't want to see this grand craft revolution of ours signed, stamped, and produced by Interweave! As much as I love getting my Interweave Knits in the mail every month, I don't want them to be e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e. I want them to succeed, but not to turn into the Wal-Mart (or Disney) of craft.
To mix a metaphor: How many fingers can you keep in how many pies before you realized you've put your foot in it?
I love Interweave, and they do what they do so well - besides not wanting them to stop doing it as well as they do now (confusing slef) I don't want to stop liking them because they've TAKEN OVER. I want to love them for being special...
Disney and Walmart may own their industries, but they don't own us. Interweave won't own The AntiCraft unless you all sell it to them. It may be a shame to see Interweave "sell out" to the ever-encroaching materialism of the capitalist majority (if that's what they're doing), but we have our own choices as to what we sell... and buy. If Interweave goes down in a flaming hunk of greed then it will have had a good run and we'll all miss it. Until then, let's just enjoy.
I didn't realize Interweave was taking over the world. But any publisher that would put such an incredibly awful picture on the cover of the last issue of Fiberarts (the Wearable Art edition) needs to be stopped in their tracks.