Many of us have dabbled in crafts and creative activities for years. I’ve found they wax and wain to suit the time of life; I was taught tapestry and the basics of knitting as a child, cross-stitched my way through pregnancy and the early years of my sons life, lost my creative mojo in the ‘essay years’, and got it back first in crochet and then through the pandemic by making Dorset Buttons.
In this last traditional form of creativity I have created what I think is a niche for myself. I am expanding the tradition of Dorset Button making in combination with my love of the natural world. So I not only create ‘normal’ jewellery and accessories using traditional patterns, but also wall-hangings based round seashores, moorlands and trees – the inspiration on my doorstep and in my happy places. I will try my hand at most challenges I’m commissioned with.
I try to up-cycle and reuse things I’ve stashed for years (often my mother’s or other relatives hand-me-downs), found in charity shops, or been given. I also use ‘found items’, seashells, driftwood and pebbles from beach-combing endeavours past or present, and interesting gnarly bits of wood that I find or acquire on my excursions into the countryside.
I’m also hoping to learn and connect different traditional crafts to incorporate into my work, as my creative imagination tries to turn the images in my head into reality. Feel free to follow my crafting adventures via the crafts tag, message me via my ‘Contact’ page with commissions, or make purchases from my stock via my Etsy Ramtopsrac Creations.
This creativity is now almost as vital to me as breathing, or prayer – indeed in many ways it enables me to pray; not the list-making supplications of prayers in corporate worship, but the opening of myself to what God wants to say and do to and through me. As I attempt to create beautiful and meaningful things that use what I find to bring joy to others, I find myself making creative connections in relationships with those who feed or challenge my creativity. All this is God’s work, and part of God’s call on my life; perhaps he wants me to help you find this restorative place too?