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Monday, March 7, 2011

Crafting a Rebellion

What am I trying to do? Yes, I am trying to Craft  Rebellion (can not resist those puns) of types to encourage others to express themselves. I have worked with kids in one way or another since I was one and it struck me some time ago, that many grown ups (or those perceived as grown ups) are hungry for the days when they could paint something "just because." At camp I always had other staff visiting to make their own treasures. As much as the kids, they needed someone to set the tools in front of them, help them, encourage them, and mostly just give them the opportunity to color in or out of whatever lines that were set before them. Isn't that part of the reason there are scrap booking supply shops in even small towns and card making classes popular? Isn't that why Martha Stewart has made an empire focusing on people who have a desire to do things with their own hands?

Whatever you do doesn't have to look like or be like anyone else's, the difference is where the real beauty and the real art lies. I want people all over to know that it can be your own and your way is awesome. We all need the simple satisfaction of making something with our hands sometimes, even if that means hot glueing seashells to a picture frame.  Too often we seem to lose touch with that as we get older and we forget. No more forgetting! It's time to pull out the stored away seashells, that chunk of clay, or those paints you're just itching to dig into. It's you chance to shine and to ignore the words of that art teacher somewhere you may have given you a lower grade on something just because your person didn't look like he/she thought it should. Just create for the sake of creation. It's a beautiful, beautiful thing.

"The reluctance to put away childish things may be a requirement of genius." ~Rebecca Pepper Sinkler

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