I think I started making friendship bracelets when I was 6 or 7 years old. Before that it was paper mache-ing Halloween costumes, writing and illustrating paper books, and drawing murals. Since then I’ve dabbled in beading; crocheted my way through skein after skein of yarn; built computers; joined set crew and learned how to use various power tools; learned how to bake bread and grow my own sourdough starters; taught myself to knit; canned produce (some of which I grew myself); started taking apart a motorcycle engine (I’m coming for you, Triumph!); and built compost bins and garden beds.
My joy comes from figuring out how to do something with my hands and then growing that skill. I am a maker. This is what ultimately led me from studying physics to practicing engineering. And what drives me to look for what’s next.
I mentioned recently my desire to own property, partially to indulge my house decorating dreams. But it’s more than decorating. I’m clamoring to learn the skills necessary to do the up-dating as well. I’ll probably bite off way more than I can chew and have to call in experts more times than I like. But it’s all worth the feeling of finishing a project I’m proud of, and being able to point to something and say “I made that.”
And hey, practice makes perfect, right?
In the mean time, here are a couple blogs and books that have inspired me to keep making, and to keep learning new skills to add to my making arsenal.
Enjoy it – A personal blog by Elise Blaha Cripe. Elise loves projects, and has been making and crafting and sharing for years. I discovered her about a year ago, and find her to be simply lovely.
SouleMama - Amanda Blake-Soule sews, knits, and farms in Maine with her family. I discovered her just in the past month or so, and am smitten with her ability to knit sweaters so quickly while managing so many other roles.
Amory Lovins – Mr. Lovins is the Chairman and Chief Scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute. This is a short talk on integrative design that I find to be so inspirational.
Wikihouse – a project combining 3D printing and structure building, harkening back to the days of Sears-Roebuck prefab houses.
Design Like You Give A Damn, Design Like You Give A Damn 2, and Beyond Shelter are 3 books I’ve been reading about the role of architects and designers in the design and building of housing in humanitarian and disaster zone settings.Be the first to comment
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