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Get a Hobby: Diet Cig's Alex Luciano on Crafting

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Published: 10:44 am, February 28, 2018
Get a Hobby: Diet Cig's Alex Luciano on Crafting
We're super nosy, here at Dork. We want to know what bands favourite pancake recipes are, what they watch on TV, what they have on their bedside table - and what their hobbies are (so we can steal them and have all the fun).

In the first of a new series, Diet Cig's Alex Luciano tells us all about what she gets up to in her spare time. It's crafting, FYI. But not sticking together loo rolls like you did when you were younger (just us?), she's taken it to a whole new level.

Hey Alex, how’s it going? Enjoying 2018 so far?
Hey! It's going great, 2018 has been super awesome so far! We've been hanging out and prepping for tour and just feeling good.

How did you get into crafting, then?
I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember! My mom was always sewing and taught me how to use a sewing machine when I was young, so growing up we always made crafts and found fun ways to create together. I think one of our first projects was turning socks into little caterpillar stuffed animals!

Did you find it tough to learn?
In general, no, but some projects are harder than others. My weavings (pictured) are sort of difficult to set up, I had to take a class to learn. But some things like embroidery and sewing I always picked up pretty quickly.

Do you take crafting supplies with you when you’re off on tour?
When we first started touring, I used to take a whole milk crate full of every kind of supply I could think of, but as we toured more often, I realized that it was a little excessive and there wasn’t a lot of time to craft on tour. I’ve recently decided to just pack my favourite markers and a few stickers and keep it to that.

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What’s your favourite thing to make?
Right now I love making frame weavings! They’re super fun and don’t require as much of a planned pattern as the embroidery I was doing. I can just weave different colours in any way, and it’s really calming and fun. They’re so beautiful when they’re done too; they look so lovely on my wall!

Are there any crafting techniques you’d like to try but haven’t yet?
I’ve still never learned to knit or crochet, and I’d really love to learn. I think a lot of people learn when they’re kids and I just didn’t, so I’ve been a little intimidated by the idea. I think it’d be a perfect thing to take on tour though, so that’s definitely my next one!

You’ve previously sold some of your work for charity, haven’t you?
Yes! I started making felt brooches and patches and pennant flags last January and sold them on Etsy with 100% of all money generated going towards different charities. I did it for five weeks and each week donated to a different charity (Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project, RAINN, The Southern Poverty Law Center and The ACLU). It was a really fun way to raise funds for organizations that are doing important work, and we personally matched all the money that was raised for each one!

Do you find crafting a social thing to do?
I enjoy crafting with others, but honestly, it’s kind of my thing I get to do alone to like, decompress and chill out without having to be social. I like to throw on some trash TV and just work on my project, but if someone wants to watch KUWTK with me they’re more than welcome!

How would you recommend newcomers get into the hobby?
Start following crafters on Instagram; it's a great way to get excited and inspired to start! Also good to remember you don’t have to be perfect and it’s okay to just craft for fun, no pressure.

Anything else we should know?
Speaking of crafters to follow, our friend Kelly Ryan is an embroidery artist (she made our album art!) and she inspires me to keep crafting all the time! You should follow her on Instagram at @kellryan for some serious inspo.

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