When I was young, I heard people say that southpaws are creative and artistic. And as a true-blue and proud leftie, I must say that I have flashes of creativity in me. Despite being a teacher and entrepreneur, I have always DIYed my son’s birthday parties!
Raviv’s Dinosaur-themed 4th Birthday Party, styling—and cookies!–courtesy of yours truly
Crafts are major stress-busters, especially when you see your finished products. More so when people gush at how lovely your handicraft is! That’s why despite my busy schedule, I still find time to let my mind create something I can be proud of!
Two Tuesdays ago, I had the privelege of meeting several creative ladies who have successfully incorporated crafting into their lives: Alessa Lanot, Candy Reyes-Alipio, Karla Quimsing, Len Cabili, Marielle Nadal-Reyes, Mikko Sumulong and Trey Ajusto. I just love the works they gave us in our lootbag!
These amazing ladies, together with my fellow amazing bloggers, had a tete-a-tete at Early Bird Breakfast Club at Century City Mall in Makati through the event Handcrafted, sponsored by DMC.
Here are more details about our very creative and truly inspiring crafters that afternoon:
Alessa is designer, a crafter and an owner of various organic and vegetarian restaurants around Metro Manila. In her website, Life After Breakfast, she writes about her crafts and adventures with fellow crafters. She facilitates workshops for other crafts, not just Needlecraft.
Advice: Take something ordinary, pair it with something unexpected to create something extraordinary.
Candy is a production designer. On the side, she enjoys knitting. She is the creative mind behind Knitting Expedition which aims to make knitted products by locals of Mt. Pulag. She also works with Ricefield Collective which is a group of women farmers from Uhaj, Banaue.
Advice: Don’t be afraid to try something new. You can make anything with your hands as long as you put your mind to it.
Karla is based in Cebu. She used to be a teacher. She is now a copy writer for Life At Caresharing. She also owns Damgo, which in Bisaya means dream, an online store where she sells her dreamcatchers. She’s a mother to 2 adorable kids – Isla and Kanta.
Advice: Go for it. Be Adventurous. Create something that you love.
Len owns the fashion line called Filip+Inna, where her clothes are designed with traditional Filipino patterns from indigenous tribes which are cross stitched onto the clothes. Her brand gained global recognition as featured in Elle magazine and worn by Tory Burch and Amanda Hearts. Recently, she collaborated with Bayo, another clothing brand, and her collection was exhibited in Ayala Museum as part of indigenous textiles exhibition, “Art and the Order of Nature”.
Advice: Start small. Don’t go for big projects and you discouraged halfway through cause it’s taking so long.
Marielle is the founder of CraftMNL, a studio in Makati where crafters meet and do workshops together. They also organize small craft fairs for others to sell the own handcrafted items. Marielle also owns Yellow Bug Love, an online store where she sells hand crafted wedding decors.
Advice: See the potential in things.
Mikko took up journalism. She used to practice Human Resources in a company in the States. Now, she is a full time crafter. She makes and writes about crafts. She grew up crafting with her mother. In her website, I Try DIY, she posts tutorials, and blogs about new discoveries.
Advice: Never be afraid to make mistakes.
Trey is an entrepreneur. She sells her own line of crochet yarn and craft supplies called Gantsilyo Guru. She’s also a full time crafter. She takes her tools of trade (her handy case of crochet hooks and yarns), everywhere she goes. She usually writes about her travels, discoveries and crafting.
Advice: Know the basics. Don’t be limited by the misconceptions about the craft.
DMC, along with these remarkable people, challenges everybody to think outside of the box. It wants to encourages everyone that the opportunity to make something is infinite. It also wants to set in motion the initiative to create unique and beautiful things, and break stereotypes. It pushes everyone into planning and making crafts that are beyond instructions and patterns to create something they can call their own. It wants everyone to make crafting a part of their lives.
Anyway, I have some great news for you: DMC is holding a craft fair, entitled DMC Handcrafted, to reach those who want to start crafting and those who are already into crafting! The 3-day weekend craft fair on January 30 to February 1 at Century City Mall Event Center provides a venue to buy handmade pieces or make own little projects. Partner crafters will be at the fair to hold workshops for those who want to learn new skills. And yes, you will also get to meet the inspiring women I’ve written about!!!
TENUI FILO MAGNUM TEXITUR OPUS “From one fine thread a work of art is born” so Dare your Mind to Create!
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