Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Open Door

After 3 weeks on the road I'm almost back in the swing of things. Emails, welcoming our new members, catching up on laundry and paying extra attention to Doc, Zoe and Dulce - who were quite certain I'd abandoned them. That alone is quite a job, but someone has to do it!

So, I posted some pix on facebook, of my wonderful trip and the kind and generous new friends I'd made. That's the best thing about traveling, I think, and my travels have led me to the conclusion that no matter where we live, what language we speak, we are more similar than we are different.

In the comments of one album came a surprise - gasp - the great craft museum in New York, The American Craft Museum - had been renamed. It's now the Museum of Art and Design which doesn't even make sense to me. The reason? Craft is now a dirty word. Really? It seems there are those who would very much like to erase the word from Webster's Dictionary.

Crafting is a room with its doors swung open wide. It's an invitation to everyone to find whatever degree of creativity that may reside within. It's about fulfilling the inside more than what others may think of what you have made. It's about encouraging people who think they have not an ounce of creativity in their bodies to discover that they do. It's democratic and it's not steeped in the judgement and criticism of others. I love it because it makes my world a better place to live and it enriches the lives of others.

I love "Craft" and crafting...I hope some folks figure out what it really means.

Donna Kato is one of the founders of CraftEdu, has her own brand of polymer clay (Kato Polyclay by Van Aken, Int.), is an author and teacher - on the road and online.

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  1. Beautifully said! It certainly enriches my life! Thanks for taking the time to share your trip photos. -Marlene Brady

  2. I love craft too! :) it allows my creativity to express itself...

  3. I love crafts too! I've been crafting all my life; my mother was always teaching us something painting, knitting, making dolls....I think everyone has some creativity in them and crafts can help them discover that. Crafts also bring people together and gets you thinking outside the box! It's relaxing and enriching and allows self expression.

  4. smacks of snobbery to me...... craft is all encompassing and means so much to so many. love the article..... hugs xxx

  5. Cherie, like you I was lucky to have a mother who took the time to teach me to knit, embroider, crochet at a very young age. I think that was the very beginning of my life in craft. It was in learning that I could take 2 needles a length of yarn and turn it into something else that didn't exist before. It was the small accomplishments that helped me realize that I'm not totally dependent on what someone else had made that gave me the confidence to go further. I thank my mom for setting me on this road I find myself on today.