Life is busy, often too hectic to stop and take a breath and think about why we do what we do. A lot of what motivates me is the joy of creation. Not with a capital C: rather with a small c, the love of making things with my hands and my heart and my brain.
Right now, my days are filled with the love and needs of two young children. But that doesn’t stop me from wanting to express my creativity. And having babies around has reminded me of the pleasure of handmade things. I went through a “nesting stage” quite late, after having my second child, when I realized how amazing it was to be given quilts and knits and other crafty baby gifts made by friends and family – artful objects that we love and that will be lasting heirlooms for my children.
I wanted to do that too! I’d been into art ever since I could remember – drawing, painting, photographing, to be specific. I already knew I’d have to put my days of painting behind me for the time being – young kids and grown-up paints don’t mix too well. But traditional crafts are another matter. Kids are great inspiration and (usually) fun recipients of little quilts, tiny sewn totes, and knit hats, sweaters, and blankets. So I entered my next stage of creativity through quilting, sewing and knitting and that’s what I wanted to write about here.
I began knitting in 2008 and quilting and sewing in 2009. I’m a newbie but I’ve learned a lot and have many ideas and projects I’d like to share. I’m also hopeful that other crafters will share their ideas and thoughts with me. Because craft IS art in some many ways, and the people who use it every day can attest to the pleasure that these handcrafted items give for their beauty AND usefulness.