I visited the Royal Melbourne Show at the Melbourne Show Grounds this weekend. 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 as follows:
1. Art & Craft: Health and wellness
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.
2. Social interaction:
Deidaa works with artisan communities worldwide to create appliqué tops and crochet kaftans. Craft in these societies is more often a social activity than not. Music, rhythm, gossip, and food are integral to the process of creation. Artisans in traditional societies seldom suffer from the loneliness seen in advanced countries.
How many times have you thrown out a blouse because a button is missing or a few seams have come undone? The amount of abandoned clothes ending up in a landfill 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.
In a similar vein, a button sewn or a blouse mended is money save in your piggy bank. 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 co-ordination in children. They enhance problem-solving and communication skills and help get virtues like patience. 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 donated 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 unparalled satisfaction to the maker. A handmade gift conveys emotions that no present bought at a shop 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 the quilters! May your tribe thrive.
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