First of all, I have to say that this is a great thread. It's been really nice & eye opening reading all the replies.
Secondly, should you still need more answers, here's mine:How do you feel when you're crafting?
I feel very centered when working and in a funny way crafting (and art too) is a form escapism for me. I can separate myself from everything else when I craft/draw; it's like I go into a whole different place and everything else just fades away; there's no worries of everyday life, just the joy of creating.
(I'm not very good at expressing this so sorry if this isn't making much sense...)
I also find it easy to really think
about things when I work as my hands are busy leaving my mind free to wander, a bit like I was meditating. Most of the time I don't get any real deep thougts going though, I mostly just fantasize and day dream the whole time.
Crafting also makes me feel happy and accomplished. It's great to create something from nothing and it's enjoyable being able to stretch my creative muscles. And lets face it, there's nothing better to lift you up when you're feeling blue than showing off your work and having it admired. Why do you craft?
Simply put, because I want to. I've been drawing and sewing for as long as I remember and I can't even imagine what life would be like if I couldn't. It makes me happy, it lets me forget all my worries and woes for a while and I'm pretty sure my head would explde if I didn't have an outlet for all my imagination and stuff!
I live inside my head most of the time and I'm not good at expressing myself through normal means. Being able to express myself though crafts and art helps a lot, it gives voice to all the things I'd be unable to externalise otherwise.Who do you craft for?
First and foremost for myself. Even though right now most of my work is meant to be sold it's not really my potential future customers I think about, it's more about what I like and want to do and what'll make me happy. I don't completely ignore ideas and opinions from other people and I do my best to take them into consideration when planning a new project, but they do come after my own.
I like to show off my work and of course I hope that it will get a favourable response, but I won't make something just to get more attention, I think that would pretty much kill my creativity. I make stuff I like & enjoy and it's just a bonus that others like it too.How many hours a week do you average crafting?
I have no idea! It changes with my motivation and inspiration, but if I were to give an average I'd say abooout... uh... 35 to 40 I guess. But there are weeks when I get nothing done and then there are weeks that I work pretty much all the time. And when I'm not actually physically working, I'm thinking up new ideas and designs and stuff.
In a way crafting & art keeps me sane. I allows me to express myself, it helps me center and to organize my life, it makes me feel good, happy and proud, it helps me escape real life for a bit and it keeps me busy and prevents me from falling into a depressed slump. I'm prone to depression and with that comes the inability to do anything much besides just sleeping and laying in bed. Art & craft gets me out of bed as I get the burning desire to get this or that idea done, even when I have little motivation for anything else.