Here at misc•makers, we fall into what we feel is an under-represented, but wildly creative group of artists. Yes, we are artists. We create stuff, right? A majority of the people we’ve come across online are of a different demographic than we are. Most are mid-thirties, married with children, and- well- housewives. Our generation is much more “in the closet” when it comes to our crafts. A middle-aged woman is more likely to be open about her love of knitting than a twenty-something single lady. We should be at a bar at this age, not at home decoupaging notebooks, right?!
In our group of friends alone, there is a wealth of creativity and talent that isn’t spoken about until one of us realizes the other is, in fact, a kindred spirit! How many other young people are in the same boat? I’m not talking about the artsy-hipster kids who majored in art and design- I’m talking about those of us who find peace and a break from our day jobs in occupying our hands with creative endeavors.
misc•makers aims to create an online resource for people like us to get more involved and active in the handmade movement. How to open an Etsy shop, how to take great product photos, how to market your crafts, how to get into new and different crafts, how to basically become more self-sufficient and even a little more “green” in an economy that is making it increasingly difficult for our generation to succeed.
We are each experts in something different. From sculpting teensy, tiny cupcakes to soap making to scrapbooks to crochet to sewing and beyond. Get my drift? Together we can build a community, a presence, a collective of young crafters on the side.
For one person, this task is near impossible. For a group of dedicated people with a common goal, this is not only doable, but extremely beneficial to all involved. Who knows where this could go from here?
And I will leave you with some words of Willy Wonka, slightly adapted to fit our purpose.
“We are the Misc. Makers and we are the dreamers of dreams.”