At least, for me, that's the no. 1 rule.
You can't call yourself a crafter, right, if you don't make?
|Latest from our Harry Potter-inspired collection, a cheerful Draco Malfoy|
I usually share this rule in talks whenever I encourage my audience to create things from junk.
Often, the immediate reaction is, "But we don't know how."
|"Try and try until you succeed!"|
Remember when we were kids, we just love trying out new things.
Since we don't know a thing about anything...
We just did and did and did without fear of being wrong or getting hurt.
We tasted inedible, dirty toys.
We touched candle flames.
We drew on just about anything...on floors, on walls, on cars.
Before...every space was our canvas.
As we got older, we stopped doing all these.
Somewhere along the way, we learned what we should and should not do.
In a way..that's okay...because life needs a set of boundaries.
However, in the process of instilling these boundaries in our heads, we stopped learning new things and we started running away from risks.
Instead of picking up a crayon, we just don't because we already know we can't draw.
Boundaries to achieve a semblance of order became synonymous to limitations.
Last Saturday, I had the privilege to be with some of the country's comics artists during the "Road to Gtmaccon 2" event organized by the University of the Philippines Anime Manga Enthusiasts (UP A.M.E).
Popjunklove was a minor sponsor of the event aimed at promoting Pinoy komiks.
|Practice makes perfect!|
My sister's current obsession -- handlettering!
Artist Andrew Villar, the heart and soul of Ambush Comics, asked us, "Do you draw also?"
I said, "Not really but we try. That's the only way we can make plushies!"
|Doodling our next set of plushies|
For us to make things...
We need to learn things.
To learn, we need to decide that we want to learn.
This means...committing to doing the uncomfortable.
Our plushies, our items...
These are all results of doing the uncomfortable.
|Our minion and totoro -inspired babies :)|
In my talks, I often share this secret to my audience ---
My sister and I weren't born crafters.
We didn't grow up sewing or making friendship bracelets.
Heck, when we made our first shirt pin, it might have been our first time to ever pick up a pair of pliers.
My follow-up confession usually goes like this --
"So to those who bought stuff from us in 2007, feel free to return them and ask for refund. I'm sure our stuff then are already broken by now."
Good thing my audience seems to find my confession funny...
I used to lose sleep then thinking of all those easy-to-break bracelets that I made.
Hey, our bracelets wouldn't be sturdy now right, if we didn't experiment then?
Roma, Roma, Roma...
I see that you're still trying to justify yourself.
|Some of Popjunklove's latest accessories|
Oh! Before I forget...
"Making things" doesn't only apply to crafting!
I'm sure everyone dreams of doing something too.
Whether it's in showbiz or in business or in science or in sports...
We need to "make things happen" if we don't want "what ifs" in life.
If you don't know how...
You're never too old!
Roma Pin It Now!