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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The image is from leadershipfreak.wordpress.com, which is a really wonderful blog!