The Art of Making and the Art of Receiving

mak·ing/ˈmākiNG/noun – the process of making or producing something

We hear the word making and makers quite often within our community of creative souls. Whether you bake, sew, throw pottery, knit, spin or work with wood, you are a maker.  

You create by pouring hours of time and devotion into your work to make gifts to give.  You give to those you love, to those you work with, to those who surround you and even to sell during special times of the year.  

The hours that go into making are hours of pure love, of time spent to make something extra special for a certain person in your life with hopes they will cherish the gift you have given. This also is true for many hand crafted items that are put on display to sell at craft fairs and other events, and are often over looked and deemed too expensive.  Shoppers often forget that artisans put their heart and soul into their creations, and again not to mention their time.  Hand made items are true treasures, often one of a kind creations from the artisan themselves.

Without makers what a dull dead world we would live in.  Without makers, we would not have heirloom treasures passed down for generations.  Without makers, we would not understand woodworking, textiles, pottery and more.  Makers are not only crafters, they are preservers of history, heritage, art and the very being of who we are. Makers remind us of times past, of times present and what can be.

The Maker Movement isn’t about buying more stuff. It isn’t about celebrating someone else’s creativity. It’s about transforming the way we engage with the world, moving from our role as passive consumers to being active and purposeful makers. Instead of watching TV, reading books, and buying products designed by other people, instead of being told what to do and what to think, we paint our own art, we write our own books, we make our own furniture, food, machines, and more. We name the problem. We invent the solution. We tinker until it makes sense, and we feel satisfied. And guess what! That means we get to define what “maker” means. ~ Heidi Fieldler, Barnes & Nobles Blog, 2015

re·ceive/rəˈsēv/verb –  be given, presented with something

During this time of year the receivers of gifts of hand made items tend forget the number of painstaking hours it took to create what they have been given.  They often do not understand the agony some makers go through to make sure they have used the right colors, the right fabric, the right ingredients and more, just to ensure they have created  perfect gift.  This can lead to makers left heart broken when the receiver casts asides their gift of love.
I recently heard something on my local news station that was pretty awesome.  It was from a mother teaching her children the art of receiving.  Each gift received by the child was discussed. It was noted the time it took to shop for the gift, the special care  that was given to find the childs favorite color, etc. This is something that is overlooked many times not only by children, but by adults,  especially during the Christmas holidays.  We forget to think not only about the gift received, but to think about the giver and the thoughtfulness of their gift.
I think this sums up my point of “the art of receiving”

When you receive a gift, really receive it, it is a sign of gratitude and respect to the giver.I n fact, receiving a gift with grace IS receiving the giver. ~ How to Receive a Gift With Grace ~ Richie Norton

 “A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”— Albert Einstein

I personally feel without makers, and creative minds, our future would look rather dim.  We need to teach past arts such as sewing, knitting, crocheting, spinning, woodworking and more to our youth.  Without these tactile creations, we truly will loose many aspects of who we are as individuals.  Technology is a wondrous tool, but it can take away the art of being a maker, the art of being a creative soul. We need to nurture those around us to pursue their creative endeavors and to nurture the receivers to understand the passion behind what is given.

To all those makers out there, thank you so much for your beautiful creative gifts that you make each year.  Without you, we would not have unique, thoughtful, hand crafted items to last a lifetime and beyond.

Until next time ~ be creative!

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