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join in the crafters communityThe history of creativity and human thinking is a long one, well as far as we can tell the areas of art and human culture have ran through our own history for as long as we can remember and dig out. The reason may well be the natural aptitude of the human mind as a problem solver, and in a day like today, where we live in abundance, at least us here in a western world, if there is nothing to be fixed, we make something up to fix.

Another wonder of the human mind, we can abstract ideas and work without actual physical materials. However, the wonderful thing. Is that the experience of learning is much the same regardless of what area you are in, theory or practice. Which is why there are so many good reasons to ensure that you keep your mind in shape, just as well as your body.

Learning something new, and sticking with it, is like an exercise regime that you also stick with, endless health benefits and, not to mention fun, social and active. All things which help from the psychological point of view, and as you know, everything which happens psychologically, also happens physiologically, something that neuroscience have long proven. Thank you to our team of trades men and women who support this website in their spare time. Particular thanks to Dave a Locksmith Bristol expert lock opener and machine maker for his weekly contributions and ideas.

So get out there, learn something new, a musical instrument perhaps. Solve the issues to bring you to the next step, or create something with what you’ve learned, there are an endless number of possibility here, and you get to pick. I know, a little overwhelming perhaps, but remember, starting small is always the best way, there is no reason to be harsh with yourself, especially if you are trying to do something for fun.

Welcome to the making of your world and yourself

joiing the crafting revolutionIf you are one of the many crafters out there who enjoy making good use of your own creativity, if you are searching for inspiration and impressions to nourish your own sense of making.

Well, then you have definitely landed in the right place. Here we are dedicated, fanatic, casual, lazy and serious crafters.

We love the arts, human expression as much as we love to keep our hands busy and our minds in flow with what we are doing.

Someone once said that life is not about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself, and by not fearing what you are making, you will also be able to be completely invested in it, and experience the process and learn the many lessons which each craft and each opportunity to practice that craft holds.

We are as wide in style and technique as our imagination stretches, and you can consider this page a bundle of wonderful and sometimes weird things which come out when we put our minds to work. We will also bring you some news of things which are currently inspiring us, and of course help you find your way to your preferred craft if you are new by hopefully giving good introductions and presentations of work which is already existing out there.

Creativity is at the core of each human being, and here we are looking to keep in tune with that most natural tendency to want to make, to want to figure out and to want to complete what we have started and see it materialise into the world in whatever form it will take.

So once again, welcome, and we hope you enjoy your stay. Feel free to get in contact if there is anything that you are wondering, and of course we are always overjoyed with feedback and suggestions if you think that there is something missing which should be included here.

Beautiful craft for the heart, mind and hand

crafting with beadsCrafting is stimulating and in many ways fascinating, at times you may be astounded by what you are capable of if you only let yourself run with it.

The title, craft for the heart, mind and hands is a division to be used as a metaphor, as the separation which the words indicates are not actually there.

From one perspective it all happens in your head, something which have been proven though looking at where young children place the self, when referring to themselves, they don’t point at their body, or the location of their heart but to their head.

This is common across many different cultures across the globe. And from this point, you cannot actually differentiate between them, and they are all vital parts of the experience of crafting.

In simple words, although we separate, heart as the feeling, mind as the reason and hand as the skill, here we are focused on the whole of the experience, inclusive of all. Finding beauty from external impressions and though expressing our own ideas.

This happens firstly though learning the skill needed to gain freedom within a specific field. Say you would like to learn how to do embroidery, you will not be able to start with the most delicate and interacted pieces as you must first learn how to perform each of the specific stiches which then make up the whole.

Keep in tune with us here, and find inspiration for your own projects, we hope to bring you images of work, help with specific craft related techniques and information about people who have been exploring the realm of making things for a long time, who have had time to specialise and find their own voice bringing about some of the most astonishing creations we have met with.

Music, Arts and Science

music art and science all in one go creativity is wonderfulCreativity is an all encompassing term which brings specific associations to mind for many, and when speaking of it, sometimes it’s easy to forget that no matter what we do we engage our creative side. Ideas come from that place which creativity comes from, and acting upon those ideas is making use of it. When people don’t use their creativity, they are not using their ability to problem solve, and will eventually dry up and become depressed or sad. We are hardwired to think, to make, to solve, and many of us are not happy without it in some form.

This not saying that you have to create great works of music, or arts, or solve word problems, it can be as simple as solving the Sunday crossword puzzle or Sudoku game in the paper, or organise your cooking into a good system, in theory and in practical use. Creativity is less than a choice than many would imagine it to be, and our minds will engage with it, sometimes regardless of what we think, on small and big projects alike. On top of that, when you challenge your mind a little, it’s like training for your brain, and like with physical exercise and in combination with a healthy life and lifestyle your mental and physical health will be gleaming.

Keep tunes with our lovely and creative team to get some tips on areas which you as a new creative thinker can engage with, on all scales of physical size and of material time. Hopefully you will find something which interests you here, and if not, or if you have any suggestions don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at any time, contact details are to be found on the page with the same name, and we always aim to get back to as soon as we can.

Crafting for the soul, body and mind

a countless number of wonderful techniques to masterIf you are already a crafter at home, we don’t have to convince you of the countless benefits which come with being active and practising your own creative outlet and skill. This is why we instead aim this little article to you who are new to the field. Perhaps you are thinking about picking up a new hobby, or reinventing yourself in one that have engaged with in the past, but not touched upon for many years.

Regardless of your reason to start on something now. What the team here has view of, is the challenge which comes with taking that first step.

We choose the word based on the fact that not only does one have to break out of some sort of routine, and perhaps make great effort for small progress, but one also has to battle the feeling of being a child again. For many this part is something which can lead to a dualistic experience. Where frustration similar to that which we only have memories of as a child may resurface.

What our advice would be to this, is simply don’t fret, and keep persisting. Being new there are always several challenges to face. There are many reasons out there why creative lives get put on the shelves, common among these are work changes, situation changes, opportunities, having children and much more.

But that doesn’t say that if you have been gone from crafting for a while that you cannot do it again, and more passionately and informed at that! So get your thinking hat on, and get your creative juices flowing, and if you have inspirational troubles, don’t hesitate to visit our site often and regularly. Here we do what we can to keep up to date and to keep you inspired.

Making a name for yourself

a creative logoIf you are a creative person just entering the marketplace, it can sure be scary to find just how much competition there is, but that should not deter you, instead this should fire you up and make you even more into what you are doing. That is the sign of a true creative, one with passion, interest, honesty and love for what they are doing.

If you are not classing yourself as a creative individual at the moment there may have been a mix up with the definitions of it all, or what you connect with the term creative. As creativity is something used in all types of problem solving, and it doesn’t matter if you are a mathematician, a painter or a plumber, at the end of the day.

When you are faced with an issue, you use your creativity and imagination to find the solution. Here the team are highly supporting of what is generally known as creative individuals, people who are willing to embrace their problem solving abilities and ensure that they are always keeping a challenge ready for themselves. Something to bite into and get the mind working. I

nterest, curiosity, even being bored are all things involved in the creative processes, and finding a foothold as a starting creative can be difficult. The first thing which can be good to think about is making a name for yourself, creating and online presence, and then begin to find the areas in which your services would be of use, be it contemporary arts, performing arts or other.