Craft Night

Last night was once again craft night at Casa Granade. We had a small turnout but that allowed us to really spread out and work and chat.

I am excited to say that Craft Night is becoming all that I dreamed for it to be. Everybody is working on different kinds of projects but it works out well that we can all see what the others are doing and offer suggestions and advice.

While I was in college the best, and hardest, part of my design classes was student critique. When we first started I was devastated by every negative word. As the classes passed and we learned how to critique courteously and make suggestions on how to improve each piece, the process became an incredibly valuable tool to me. While it was rare for me to produce something that people liked on the first draft, I learned to take the criticism (a bit better but never well) and improve my work.

I’ve been missing that community for a lot of years now and didn’t even realize that was what was missing from my creative life. Craft Night is my attempt to recreate that not just for me, but for the other women who are working on projects and trying to figure out how to make them better. Tuesday night is a time when we can come together and laugh and talk and work on our respective projects and do some constructive critique as needed. And eat, because everything (even critique) is better with chocolate.

I was showing my latest project (a collaged art journal) to Ashley last night and she said one of the nicest things I’ve heard in a long time.

“I wish I saw the world the way you do. I think what you see is a much nicer world than what I see.”

I don’t know if that is true or not. Mostly I just like to play and I am fortunate enough to get to play pretty much every day. Craft night is the way I get to play and have community with my friends while doing it.

5 thoughts on “Craft Night

  1. I totally want “Misty-colored glasses” to view the world with, forget the rose-colored ones. 🙂 Where can I get a pair? I bet they are even harder to find that left-handed scissors 🙂

  2. I’ve enjoyed craft night as well and look forward to my return soon!

    That being said, I’ve got the dvd of Craft in America – a PBS documentary ( url here: http://www.craftinamerica.org/tvseries/). It looks like the third episode is on the social aspects. I haven’t watched any of these yet, so don’t know if they’re any good. Don’t know if anyone else is interested in watching too – just let me know.

  3. Ashley – I don’t know where to get “Misty-colored glasses” since I was born with mine. I should probably make a joke about ‘misty, watercolor memories’ but I don’t like that song very much.

    Jessica – I’m totally interested in watching that! Let me know when you want to get together. I’m also interested in seeing Handmade Nation (youtube preview and Handmade Nation Documentary) but they aren’t showing it anywhere around here.

  4. Misty, I completely understand how you feel. Since most of my craftiness is in quilting, I look forward to my monthly quilter’s night out classes at my quilt shop so that I can see what other people are working on and talk and get helpful criticism of what I’m working on. I always come away having learned something new, which is wonderful! I’m glad that Craft Night is working out for you guys.

  5. Oh, I totally understand what you mean about the critiques!! I was also and art major and I would HATE critique days! I would always feel so exposed (for lack of a better word) and had this need for approval. Of course, looking back, I can see a little bit of what my professors meant but I’m still defensive about my stuff!

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