MAKE SOMETHING

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There are few things in life that make me happier than making. I used to resist identifying myself as crafty. Maybe I thought it was nerdy. Maybe I thought it wasn't a "worthy" enough passion. Maybe I didn't recognize the life-giving energy it gave me. Whatever it was, it took me a while to know that I needed to intentionally make space for this. Whenever I come back to making after a period of time without, I am reminded of how vital it is for me.

This was a project I did because I wanted to combine multiple craft skills and use supplies that I already had. I took fabric scraps and sewed them together. I then made a giant stamp using acrylic and craft foam. I printed the fabric with the stamp, and secured the fabric around a shoe box top with hot glue to create a canvas looking art piece. Sewing, lettering, cutting, gluing, fabric printing, and repurposing are the stuff my dreams are made of.

 I chose the words “Make Something” kind of as a yoga practice. I’ll call it craft-asana. ;) There’s something powerful about setting an intention for your life and combining it with movement. My manifestation is making and creating. It not only helps me embody the goals I want to achieve, but remains a tangible artifact and reminder to continue my practice.

SF City Skyline

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I had the immense desire to make something. I didn’t have a real plan of what I wanted the end product to be, but I used supplies that I had and started to make.

The San Francisco skyline has always been a smile-making vision to me, especially as I make the daily commute back to the city after a long day. I had already made some of these large stamps out of plexiglass and 2 layers of sticky back craft foam. I used a heated x-acto knife to cut out the details. I used a brayer to roll the paint on the stamps and then pressed it onto the material.

Now I have 4 buildings printed on material. I’m not sure what to do with them exactly. I’ve considered framing them individually or cutting them out to sew onto a bigger piece of material with other “buildings” made out of various fabric rectangles. But in this case, it doesn’t matter. I just needed to mix color and get paint on my hands.

Sew Easy

I made this a long time ago. As an occupational therapist, it is helpful to know how to sew. Problem was, I never learned. We had a sewing machine at work, so I combined a work project with self-learning. I figured out how to use the machine and then created a helpful guide that could easily be accessed while sewing.

I made this a long time ago. As an occupational therapist, it is helpful to know how to sew. Problem was, I never learned. We had a sewing machine at work, so I combined a work project with self-learning. I figured out how to use the machine and then created a helpful guide that could easily be accessed while sewing.

Felted Bowl

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I’ve been messing around with felt projects. This one was a collaborative project with Jari. The bowl is wet felted over a balloon. We took pieces of colored wool, dipped them in a warm soapy solution, and laid them over the balloon. We covered the balloon with Nylon, and used bubble wrap to agitate the wool to create felt. In retrospect, I would have made the felt thicker by adding more layers of wool.

What do you do to give it that extra special touch? Put a bird on it! I needle felted the bird, which essentially consists of poking wool with a needle until it forms into the shape you want. I needle felted the bird onto the bowl, as well.

Sensory Wall

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I read an article in Advance for OT about an OT who created a sensory wall. I had the opportunity to make a similar wall in 2006. I used different textures for each character. I used AstroTurf for grass & corrugated cardboard for the tree. Winnie the pooh was soft and Sponge Bob was made of sponges. I also incorporated dressing tasks: the stem of a flower was a zipper, the petals were snaps, and Dora’s Velcro shoes were real Velcro. Hello Kitty had a dress that you could change.