Guest series 2012:Â I asked fellow bloggers, makers and creatorsÂ to write on their creativity and focus their essay on one of four topics: creativity and health, creativity and business, creativity and parenting or creativity and process. I am very excited to have a wonderful lot of fellow creative folk guest posting here at whipup.net over the next couple of months. Please welcome…
Berber Vos blogs at KissKus. She lives in the middle of TheÂ Netherlands with husband, children and chickens. Sewing and crochet are her craftsÂ of choice. Bread making and planting a veggie garden are more important to her thanÂ general housekeeping.
Anyone who has ever made something knows the positive feelings that comes withÂ creating: the pride, the relief, the satisfaction. To look at something that you made, or toÂ taste it, or to feel it is incredibly fulfilling. It doesnâ€™t matter whether itâ€™s sewing, knitting,Â cooking, gardening or home decorating that you do.
Some people are born with a natural urge to create, to others itâ€™s a foreign concept.Â However, I believe that there is a spark of creativity in anyone. All it takes is a little bit ofÂ courage and maybe a little support. You donâ€™t even need to spend much money, becauseÂ being creative with your resources is part of the fun of crafting. And although I would neverÂ impose creativity on anyone, I would certainly wish it for everyone. Now, let me explainÂ that a little more…
As well as the enjoyable reasons above, in my own life I have often used my creativity toÂ get through a difficult patch. Whether it was the feeling of isolation after the birth of my firstÂ child, depression or other personal issues, I have used crafts in a number of healingÂ ways. At times it has been a real support and a life rope to the outside world.
Most recently, my creativity helped me through a personally difficult situation sometimeÂ last year. There were times that I felt desperately unable to either move back or forwardÂ then. I suppose we have all experienced those kind of feelings in a big or small way. WhileÂ I was struggling to make sense of myself and the world around me, there was a growingÂ urge welling up from deep inside of me to create – something – anything at all. The needÂ was very clear. However, the execution seemed a bridge too far.
I am a sewer, so initially that seemed the logical thing to do. However, it turned out toÂ be too much of an effort for me at the time. Getting my machine out and organizing myÂ materials was simply too much. Therefore, I came up with an alternative plan: crochet.Â After a dodgy start I was off and for the past year Iâ€™ve been crocheting like a maniac.Â Many, many skeins of cotton have passed through my house, since I was doing hoursÂ of crochet each day. By keeping my hands busy I felt like I could keep my mind underÂ control. The very first project that I finished was this blanket, made out of the manyÂ squares that I made. Â Itâ€™s far from perfect, but it is so dear to me. Iâ€™ve created this splash of colour from darkÂ emotions and it now cheers up our house.
While I wasÂ doing better IÂ decided toÂ take on aÂ newÂ challenge:Â sewingÂ lessons.Â While I was aÂ perfectlyÂ averageÂ sewer I wasÂ often frustrated at myÂ limited skills.Â I decided IÂ simplyÂ wanted to getÂ better atÂ sewing. LittleÂ did I knowÂ how much IÂ was going toÂ learn!Â ThoseÂ sewingÂ lessons haveÂ developed soÂ much moreÂ than just myÂ sewing skills.Â I have beenÂ amazed atÂ the differentÂ levels ofÂ learning aÂ craft: there isÂ theÂ technique, but then there is so much more that comes along with it.
Over the past year IÂ have challenged and improved myself in patience, persistence and accuracy. Iâ€™ve beenÂ lucky to have found a sewing teacher that has been the right mix of kind and firm with me.Â Iâ€™m now appreciating the whole process of sewing, instead of just the finished item. And IÂ consider that a great gift that will hopefully get to enjoy for the rest of my life.Â All in all, I can honestly say that crafting has enriched my life and that of my family. ItÂ literally helps to brighten up my house specifically, and my life in general. It definitelyÂ makes me a happier person. For that I am very grateful. And thatâ€™s why I secretly wish toÂ hand out pieces of creativity to everyone; perhaps hidden in some homemade cookies :)