Jewellery making, sewing, quilting, embroidery, paper crafting, and stamping. These activities come to mind when I think 'craft'. Yet, craft can also associate with these activities: singing, dancing, acting, cooking, and writing.
I think there is been a boost in the making-and-doing culture. People are becoming makers rather than just consumers, which is a great thing. But why do we love it so? Here are some reasons we have come up with.
It's all about the process
The creative process of making something is the fun part. Things may go right, things may go wrong, but you learn on the way and gain a new skill or two.
You made that!!
Now, back me up with this. When you've finished knitting that scarf, beading that necklace, choreographing that dance routine. And you step back and take a minute to look what you have achieved. Doesn't it fill great? You made that, you did that? Now you are not being proud or big headed to bask at what you have made, you're appreciating that you have made something out of nothing. Plus when others compliment you, "I can't believe you did that, it's so professional." That is also a great feeling, makes you want to do more.
Making is connecting
In his book, Making is Connecting. David Gauntlett highlights the importance of encouraging everyone to be creative makers in the world. He argues that through making things, people engage with the world and create connections with each other. I have seen first hand how the making can bring communities and families together. Also, just look at those Youtubers with millions of subscribers their making of videos is connecting to so many people.
There are no limits to what you can make, what you can use, and how you make it. You can add your own interpretation to it, make it another representation of you. Let your imagination run wild.
It's not graded
You get an A* as soon as you start making. I got low grades in art and textiles, so I concluded that I was rubbish at them. But I have come to see the joy of making and being proud of what I have made, because I made it. No one can take that away from me. Pay no mind to those teachers, you go to the Tate Gallery a toilet seat is on display.
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