There is something deeply satisfying about creating something yourself, making things with our hands taps into our most primal of instincts. From the dawn of early humans we have been creating for pleasure and necessity. Cave paintings and tiny sculptures played a part in prehistoric peoples lives as well as ‘useful crafts’ such as shelters and clothing.
The act of creation gives you a sense of completion and achievement that we often lack in our everyday lives. Household chores are cyclical, (and never ending)! Our jobs often have tasks which stretch out in front of us with no real conclusion. Psychologists have researched goal pursuit completion and how it impacts on our happiness and well being. Imagine how wonderful you will feel choosing a small project that you can make in a weekend. Something physical, a tangible object that will serve as a reminder of that happiness when you return to your week day grind.
I have been teaching craft courses for many years now and one thing I hear over and over again is, “I am not creative”, pah! That is not important children do not worry about what the outcome will be, they play, and process is key. Whatever your ability play and complete the project and be proud of your achievement. Starting a new project is as exhilarating as falling in love, filled with wonder and uncertainty. It is emotionally arousing and filled with the most natural motivator we know – novelty! All the ingredients you need to complete a project in a weekend.
Bon weekend mes amis