I visited the Royal Melbourne Show at the Melbourne Show Grounds, a while ago. I was hoping to do the rides, pet farm animals and come away with a couple of show bags. Little did I know, I would stumble upon some amazing works of art and craft at the Spotlight Makers' Pavilion. Crochet flowers, hats, embroidery, and quilts had me transfixed.
And here I was, thinking, art and craft were losing ground to mechanization in today's world. That's when it struck me, art and craft are more relevant today than ever before!
The 7 benefits of art and craft are:
Activities like crochet and knitting exercise the digits. They mitigate depression, dementia, and anxiety. Such activities are antidotes to negative emotions and lack of self-esteem in young and old.
2. Social interaction
Deidaa works with artisan communities worldwide. Deidaa's design team is adept at incorporating craft in nearly all our products. Craft in artisan communities is a social activity. Music, rhythm, gossip, and food are integral to the process of creation. Artisans in traditional societies seldom suffer from loneliness and isolation.
Widespread natural calamities have forced us to do some plain thinking. We have no choice but to replace want with need. Gluttony should give way to the three Rs - recycle, re-use and repair.
How many times have you thrown out a blouse because a button is missing or a few seams have come undone? The sheer volume of abandoned clothes ending up in landfills is alarming. If we embrace the World War II slogan of 'make, do and mend', we can get more use out of repaired and re-engineered garments.
A button sewn or a blouse mended is money saved. It may seem little, but at the end of the day, can make a significant contribution to the deposit for a new house.
5. Brain food for young minds:
Art and craft activities foster physical and mental coordination in children. They enhance problem-solving and social skills. Deidaa makes a range of parent and child aprons. These aprons strengthen the bond between a parent and a child. Kids can do simple and safe chores in the kitchen. Kids, so trained, experience all-round development and form healthy habits early.
You can give back to the community or to the environment through art and craft. Imagine a penguin wearing a jacket you made! Deidaa donates fabric shreds to factories that make recycled paper out of waste. Deidaa uses this recycled paper to gift wrap products, free of cost.
A finished piece of art and craft offers unparalleled satisfaction to the maker. A handmade present conveys emotions that no commercially bought gift can match. When my daughter was little, she would give me handmade cards filled with handwritten poems. I have saved each one of those. I have a box full of lace made by my mother. When I miss her, all I have to do is open the box, and rummage through the pile of patinated lace!
Let us celebrate the makers, the crafters, the embroiderers, and quilters!
Animal shelters need joey pouches, bat wraps, blankets and more. If you can make these, contact Deidaa. We will send fabrics and scarves (end of lines, samples, and remnants) to you, free of cost, for you to cut up and sew.
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