I've been surfing the net a lot lately, muffled in my wool poncho over my hooded sweatshirt (I still can't get warm! Darn flu!).Part of the surfing is getting myself ready for a myelogram (yikes! needles in my back again!) - I'm in "panic attack mode" and am trying to distract myself by arming my mind with FACTS, but it's not working. Part of the surfing is for a friend (more about that in a future post). And part of it is collecting crochet patterns (at this point I am just collecting, not crocheting - hmm, I think I see a trend here: I collect fabric but don't sew it, I collect recipes but don't cook, I am re starting my yarn collection to go with the patterns I am collecting...should I mention this to my therapist next week?).
A lot of the surfing is for my newest passion, GENEALOGY, which I am actively pursuing - I already have five 2" binders full of info, and one 6" binder (oops, another collection).
Anyway, HobbyPrincess wrote a piece called "The Craft Manifesto" that can be applied to so many things in our lives that I have outrageously stolen it to include here. I should outrageously steal her blog name too - HobbyPrincess reminds me of another obsession of mine:
This is Hello Kitty in cause you didn't know.
(If you didn't know, you either need to get out more, or surf the net more - keyword: "cuteness".)Substitute your own passion for the word "craft" and you will see what I mean.
The Craft Manifesto
I’ve been trying to pin down what is driving the increasing popularity
of crafting for a while now. This is what I’ve got so far:
- People get satisfaction for being able to create/craft things because they can see themselves in the objects they make. This is not possible in purchased products.
- The things that people have made themselves have magic powers.
They have hidden meanings that other people can’t see.
- The things people make they usually want to keep and update.
Crafting is not against consumption. It is against throwing things
- People seek recognition for the things they have made. Primarily
it comes from their friends and family. This manifests as an economy of gifts.
- People who believe they are producing genuinely cool things seek
broader exposure for their products. This creates opportunities for alternative publishing channels.
- Work inspires work. Seeing what other people have made generates new ideas and designs.
- Essential for crafting are tools, which are accessible, portable, and easy to learn.
- Materials become important. Knowledge of what they are made of
and where to get them becomes essential.
- Recipes become important. The ability to create and distribute
interesting recipes becomes valuable.
- Learning techniques brings people together. This creates online
and offline communities of practice.
- Craft-oriented people seek opportunities to discover interesting
things and meet their makers. This creates marketplaces.
- At the bottom, crafting is a form of play.
Stay warm. Go craft. cac