A greatly needed Renaissance
I craft in public places not to show I’m some bohemian douchebag that thinks she’s better than everyone else. I don’t even do it to promote my own items that I’m trying to sell.
I do it to bring back awareness to the fact that so many things can be made by a pair of hands—practical things, beautiful things. Things that have more meaning than something just bought at a store, mass-produced by a machine. I do it because I want people to ask me what I’m doing, to be interested in it, to hopefully think about it later, and maybe even try their hands at it. Or even just to remember the instance later to tell a friend, who may become interested.
We rely so much on purchasing things that we could make ourselves, or buy from someone who made it themselves, and we don’t do nearly enough for ourselves as a collective society. Technology is wonderful, but what skills and knowledge do you have if the machines all just stopped working tomorrow? Could you grow your own food? Could you make yourself and your loved ones hats, scarves, gloves, blankets to stave off the cold of winter? Could you fix and patch parts of your home when needed to keep yourself safe and secure?