Celebrating Creativity: The Core of Handmade Expressions

    Every person loves creating. Whether it’s a needle and thread touch or knotted and messy, every stitch is a path through your life; whether it’s sharply separated and precisely put together or knotted and messy, it still looks good when it’s put together into a story that makes sense, like your life story, a simple brushstroke, or even a sprig of something natural that has been nourished and had to grow just to come into its grace. I could go on. My point is that there is beauty in simplicity as well as complexity. No matter if you’re on one end of the spectrum and have no clue what you’re doing (sort of like me) or if you’re on the other side and are so fantastically talented that you’re considered a master’ ‘(which is actually a funny word, if you think about it), it’s the sheer joy of making something beautiful here on Earth where your hands can start with practically nothing and they can end with, well, you!

    However, crafting is not just a fun thing to do, as in a pastime, but ultimately it is an expression of our true selves. It allows us to seize the moment and personalize our surroundings. Taking on the task of crafting is not only a great way to unwind, but it is also a great way to boost our creative forms. Every single craft has been made up of every man and woman’s idea and conveys a piece of them in the work that they have put together on that canvas, mold of clay, or scarf.

    Furthermore, how can you not love a craft? I think what makes crafting so awesome to me is that it never gets old, and I keep learning and growing. There is always some new and better technique I can use to give a project my personal touch or some new style I can take on to make me a better crafter. And with this rise in sustainable living, I think this should carry over into our crafts. Here’s my own craft mantra: eco-conscious crafting is taking art out of the store and rattling it with some natural dyes, organic fabrics, and some good old fashion reusing or trade craftin’! How do we make crafting eco-conscious?

    Moreover, one way teachers can improve learning and promote innovation in the classroom is to incorporate crafts. Teachers, with their innovative skills, can make simple do-it-yourself crafts in or outside of the classroom that relate to what they are learning. Crafts can get kids to become more enthusiastic and excited about their curriculum. It is also a great hands-on learning experience and a way to differ from just sitting at a desk all day. For instance, when students are learning about the stars and planets in outer space, they could make a model of the Earth’s solar system out of paper. This will help students gain knowledge of the different planets and the Earth’s atmosphere. This will also be a fun hands-on learning experience where they can learn how to interpret painting, cutting, and assembling features.

    Art supplies are the devices with which we translate the pictures in our heads into art that can be seen with the human eye. The materials used determine whether art will be a success or not. The higher the quality of the material, the better the final project will turn out. For beginners just starting out, it would be best to start with the basics. You will be surprised at all the amazing accomplishments you can do with just a basic paintbrush and some paint. As your art ability continues to grow, I highly encourage experimenting with other materials such as oil paints, water colors, or even digital art.

    Crafting is for everyone. It’s in our nature. It can make your home more unique, and thus, you want to be around it more. Crafting has been known to relieve stress. Crafting can give you an outlet to learn a new set of skills, but most importantly, it can let you express yourself. There are so many new things you can learn that you may have never known existed, and there are ways to make things look professional. So give it a try. It is really fun.