I started off as a textile designer, and while I left that profession behind, I never lost the desire to make things. Having children exposed me to the world of arts and crafts, and rather then suffer through it, I embraced it with a vengeance. It probably all began with my son’s passion for Neil and Art Attack. We bought him a toolbox filled with a range of stuff to make more stuff. On Art Attack days, he donned his apron and enthusiastically made things alongside Neil, while brilliantly imitating his British accent.
By the time my daughter came along, we had transformed our basement ‘dungeon’ into the Art Room. It’s a space that gives us the freedom to generate tons of stuff without worrying about collateral damage. It has a fabulous paint-stained table, and a bookcase filled with supplies; anything from dollar store items, recycled goods, great art supplies and questionable bits with hidden potential.
At some point, I ventured into the world of teaching arts and crafts to children, and found I loved working with them. I saw how valuable it was to give them an opportunity to express themselves without any pressure or judgement. Somewhere fun where they could hang out for an hour, learn something, and leave with a creation they were proud of.
This blog arose from the desire to share project ideas, experiences and inspirations with others. It’s also about encouraging children and adults alike to make and create. We don’t need a special reason or a perfect outcome. The journey just feels good.