I’ve been reflecting today on the joy of making handmade objects and designs, on your own, and with basic materials. Nothing beats that.
The state of mind (and being) when you make handcrafted items is completely different from writing a report, or coming up with a presentation. In my last job I was a director of PR and I often put together presentations to pitch new businesses and clients.
I remember thinking to myself one day that my presentations have become more ‘skilled’ after I took up crafting. My attention to detail jumped to a whole new level, and my ability to multi-task quadrupled.
It’s because working with one’s hands and creating something original requires searching deep within yourself for skills you didn’t know you had in you. That’s what happened with me and my husband. Ever since we started Yaansoon, we have been surprising ourselves with ideas and creations we never knew were part of our consciousness.
I think working with hands requires putting aside your ego and walking into ‘the zone.’
Athletes know what I’m talking about.
‘The zone’ is a selfless place where you forget about everything and concentrate on applying your best to the piece you are working on. It’s the ultimate form of devotion. It’s very much a form of worship – because you are not doing it to please people, nor to look good, nor to become famous… you perfect your craft because there is no other way but to pour your soul into it.
And while you are hand-printing those textiles or making those jewelry pieces, your soul can now express herself freely without the distracting whining of the ego. This is when joy is born!
Here is a new batch of tree-branch push pins and – for the first time – magnets. We used wood we’ve found on the sides of the streets in our area!
Here is a quick video about how we do just that, dubbed, “Recycling Nature.”
To view our wooden products, click here.
I created these tree-branch push pins with my husband a while back, using salvaged wood found in the alleyways.
My husband takes long walks around town to look for materials for Yaansoon. He once told me that a lot of people are pruning their trees and throwing long tree branches at the sides of the tiny roads connecting our area, where our atelier and craft room are located.
I asked him to bring back with him some of those tree branches to see if we can do something with them. And in deed we did!
We washed the tree branches and placed them in a sunny area to air dry. My husband then used a saw to cut them to pieces, we then found a way to turn them into push pins. We experimented with many kinds of wood before finally finding the one kind that really worked as a push pin.
These push pins, aka thumb tacks, look great on a cork board. Absolutely rustic and quirky and we love them.
A while back, I finished working on a number of copper bookmarks. They have all sold out now, but I thought of sharing a picture.
Working with copper is so gratifying, and I prefer the earthy hues of this beautiful metal to other shinier versions, like silver and gold (not a big fan of gold).
Using a copper bookmark to keep track of the last page you were reading is so nice. I think it makes for a nice gift to a loved one.
For more inspiration, you can always visit our website: yaansoon.moonfruit.com
I love handmade office trinkets, they bring so much character and warmth to one’s office or craft room. A while back, we finished working on nicely-packaged coin push pins (thumb tacks).
A lot of people loved them. And so decided to make tiny coin brooches and other accessories with coins.
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