One of the things I hated back in freshman year in high school was cross stitching. I didn’t like the little threads and the patterns. The only reason why I did our cross stitch projects back then was because it needed to be submitted. After that, I resigned to the fact that I didn’t like doing arts and crafts.
When I was in third year, we had a crochet project. It was one of the projects I enjoyed doing even though I wasn’t that good in it because I felt more free and I can move my hands. It was then that I realized that there is a certain kind of arts and craft that a person will enjoy doing.
So no, I do not believe in the saying that Arts and Crafts is not for everyone. I believe that everyone has her own creativity all bottled up inside. One just needs to discover how to unleash it and what medium to use to do so.
When I attended the DMC Handcrafted Event, I discovered that there are lots of other craft options to choose from like embroidery, knotting, dreamcatchers, string art, knitting, crochet and cross-stitch.
With these, DMC challenges everybody to think outside of the box and to create something beautiful.
The event was held at The Early Bird Breakfast Club at Century City Mall where in we had a delightful meal while listening to stories and words of encouragement by seven amazing people who have incorporated crafting into their lives.
Each of them does something different but they are bound by their creativity and the desire to share their craft with others.
They are Alessa Lanot, Candy Reyes-Alipio, Karla Quimsing, Len Cabili, Marielle Nadal-Reyes, Mikko Sumulong and Trey Ajusto. Get to know them and their craft below.
Alessa is designer, a crafter and an owner of various organic and vegetarian restaurants around Metro Manila. In her website, Life After Breakfast, she writes about her crafts and adventures with fellow crafters. She facilitates workshops for other crafts, not just Needlecraft.
Advice: Take something ordinary, pair it with something unexpected to create something extraordinary.
Candy is a production designer. On the side, she enjoys knitting. She is the creative mind behind Knitting Expedition which aims to make knitted products by locals of Mt. Pulag. She also works with Ricefield Collective which is a group of women farmers from Uhaj, Banaue.
Advice: Don’t be afraid to try something new. You can make anything with your hands as long as you put your mind to it.
Facebook: Knitting Expedition
Karla is based in Cebu. She used to be a teacher. She is now a copy writer for Life At Caresharing. She also owns Damgo, which in Bisaya means dream, an online store where she sells her dreamcatchers. She’s a mother to 2 adorable kids – Isla and Kanta.
Advice: Go for it. Be Adventurous. Create something that you love.
Instagram: damgocebu; klalalay
Len owns the fashion line called Filip+Inna, where her clothes are designed with traditional Filipino patterns from indigenous tribes which are cross stitched onto the clothes. Her brand gained global recognition as featured in Elle magazine and worn by Tory Burch and Amanda Hearts. Recently, she collaborated with Bayo, another clothing brand, and her collection was exhibited in Ayala Museum as part of indigenous textiles exhibition, “Art and the Order of Nature”.
Advice: Start small. Don’t go for big projects and you discouraged halfway through cause it’s taking so long.
Facebook: Filip Inna
Marielle is the founder of CraftMNL, a studio in Makati where crafters meet and do workshops together. They also organize small craft fairs for others to sell the own handcrafted items. Marielle also owns Yellow Bug Love, an online store where she sells hand crafted wedding decors.
Advice: See the potential in things.
Michelle Karla Sumulong
Mikko took up journalism. She used to practice Human Resources in a company in the States. Now, she is a full time crafter. She makes and writes about crafts. She grew up crafting with her mother. In her website, I Try DIY, she posts tutorials, and blogs about new discoveries.
Advice: Never be afraid to make mistakes.
Trey is an entrepreneur. She sells her own line of crochet yarn and craft supplies called Gantsilyo Guru. She’s also a full time crafter. She takes her tools of trade (her handy case of crochet hooks and yarns), everywhere she goes. She usually writes about her travels, discoveries and crafting.
Advice: Know the basics. Don’t be limited by the misconceptions about the craft.
Each of them gave us one piece of craft that they did! I am very much interested in knitting because it uses thick cotton threads instead of small, thin threads.
To reach out to those who wants to start crafting (like me) and those who are already crafting, DMC is holding 3-day weekend craft fair on January 30 to February 1 at Century City Mall Event Center.
Partner crafters will be at the fair to hold workshops for those who want to learn new skills or those who want to start making their own projects. You can also buy handmade pieces if you’re pressed for time.
Slots is on a first come, first serve basis and you can sign up through Facebook or Instagram.
Are you ready to unleash your creativity? Sign Up today!