The makers of Flog It are making a craft related programme called Pauls Handmade Revolution to celebrate amateur designers and makers in craft land (mentioned in my previous blog). Interviews in Birmingham are being held this weekend – and mine was yesterday……
I nearly didn’t go because 1) it would be at least 6 hours driving time, 2) £100 in fuel and 3) they would be filming it! Shouldn’t be a surprise really but for someone like me who feels very awkward in family pics, it was a major issue.
Anyway I had a good talk to myself and decided to go to see what it was all about, and how glad am I that I did. The interviews were held in an open room and we were given approximately 5 minutes to talk about our craft, specific craft items which we had taken, motivation, influences and hopes for how to take our craft forward. There was also an emphasis on how it dovetailed in with making a living from our ‘real job’. This was done in front of the other ‘contestants’ which although daunting, gave an insight into what drives people and what they get from their craft. It also showed me the diversity of ‘craft’ and was eye-opening.
What became evident is that craft not only creates things to be bought and admired. It provides a currency for trading skills and items when finances are short; it’s an outlet for self-expression in those who struggle relating to others and the world at times; it helps develop our sense of self and rebuilds confidence and self-esteem following a significant loss; and it’s a reason to get up and dressed in the morning when ‘another’ job interview fails. Inspirational, life affirming and probably the best reasons for crafting.
Good luck everyone, and like they said, we did really well to get this far x