There was a time when I was still in school that I had the time to do things besides homework and thesis projects; a time when I hosted a weekly craft night for friends. But the ratio of free time to school time was far too little to allot time for craft night. The weight of school work also impacted my friends as well, leaving us with mustered up creativity and no time to let it out. By the beginning of our last semester in college we began to become irritable due to lack of crafting happening in our lives. Maddy and I felt we needed to do something about it, so we planned a party. We had to hold out for 5 more months of school, but everyone worked hard to get it all done. And after our hard work, we let loose all of our creativity at my place for a CRAFT MARATHON.
-Photos by Joe Scordo
I sent out an invitation via facebook explaining my intentions of the Craft Marathon. I made a list of materials I would supply and things I recommend bringing.
Basic supplies: scissors paper glue paint paintbrushes pencils Limited supply of: patterned/oragami paper glitter rhinestones clay felt beads string Items you should bring: x-acto knife fabric yarn embroidery floss knitting needles found objects
I encouraged everyone to bring their own craft idea, so that they had all the materials they needed. I also made a list of ideas incase they had makers-block. I provided a description and project list for each project. I had originally planned it in the park, so we can do group activities such as sun-prints and paper making. It ended up being in my apartment, which worked out well because all of my supplies were all there.
Project ideas: -BRAIDED RUG FROM OLD SHIRTS/FABRIC-google search diy braided rug. They're really cool and super easy to make. so if you think you might want to make one *BRING OLD SHIRTS* -SOAP CARVING- some of you have made them before, they are fun, easy and decorative. *BRING A BAR OF SOAP AND A CARVING TOOL ie:xacto* -SCULPEY CLAY DECORATED OBJECTS-*link below* you can make a design with sculpey clay then stick it onto a heat resistant object and bake it for a long lasting decoration. (BAKING MUST BE DONE IN A TOASTER OVEN i have one or you can bring it home and do it, instructions will be given later) *BRING AN OBJECT(able to fit in a toaster oven), and 1 OR 2 OR 5 PACKS OF SCULPEY CLAY (found at any craft or art supply store.) I will have SOME but not enough for everyone ** Objects you may want to bring: BIC pen (basic white body only mason jar glass jars salt shakers plastic light switch plate -WEAVING-weaving is very relaxing and mindless. unless you want to make a design with it. I will have a limited supply of yarn/ string. there are various different ways of weaving (ie: on a loom orweaving into burlap) I have tons of burlap and 2 cardboard looms.*BRING YARN, STRING, RANDOM PIECES OF ROPE, SHOELACES, RIBBONS LAYING AROUND.
And finally, after many hours of crafting, here is everyone hard at work and some projects they created!