Monday, 10 May 2010
Mini Church of Craft
The title of today's post is inspired by the movement 'Church of Craft'. Their objectives which value creativity and inclusiveness appeal to my deeper spiritual side. This sits comfortably next to the part of my psyche wherein lies my higly developed appreciation of toilet humour and all things smutty, including 'Budgie Smugglers' the term for tight Speedos that I heard on Radio 4 today.... But I digress.
My monthly meetings with Melanie and Naomi reflect some of the values of the Church of Craft. We meet in turns at each others houses to make stuff, primarily jewellery, but we also go off on tangents sometimes and do something different. Oh.....and we eat cake! These get togethers are so valuable in terms of the fun we have and what we learn from each other that I'm toying with the idea of setting up a proper Church of Craft locally if I can get over the logistics of health and safety, etc.
As well as instilling me the confidence to play with wire again using my new pliers. Melanie showed us how to fuse plastic with an iron into sheets that can be used to make all sorts of things. Bags, kites, blinds, banners and plant pots come to mind but just try sticking 'fusing plastic bags' into Google and you can explore the myriad of nifty uses for this recycled fabric.
This is so easy-peasy and effective that Louis was inspired to make his own picture with bubble wrap, a black binliner and shiny stars. Another great activity for kids although please observe the blindingly obvious safety precautions.