22 March 2017, evening...
Why do so many of us enjoy crafting? Often we can buy much more cheaply than make. And much of the time, we're simply copying what someone else has done rather than creating something original. So, why?
I think the first and most obvious answer is a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. No matter what we make, if we are reasonably successful in making it, most of us derive a great sense of satisfaction from making things. Witness Pinterest.
Yes, it can be expensive to craft. The crafting supply stores prey upon our desire to make and their regular prices are staggering. Of course, they always have coupons and many serious crafters pride themselves on never paying full price for their supplies. Tools are at least reusable. And, often a bag of supplies contains enough materials for more than one make it exercise.
But what we get from the crafting exercise is something we can customize and personalize, if we choose. And we can point to it and say proudly, "I made that." Something we don't always get from our jobs. In fact, my theory is that crafting has become more pervasive in the US because so many of our jobs bring little or no sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. We need to feel good about ourselves. Crafting is one way we can do that. And that's worth the cost.
Deborah K Smith, PhD
As a self-proclaimed mixed media artist and creative professional, I am in my 3rd career, having spent 15 years as a software developer and another 15 as a university professor. My first love and my most demanding one has always been creating whether it be a drawing, a bit of crocheted lace, a cloth doll, a piece of software, a PhD dissertation, or a piece of digital art. I simply LOVE to make things and I see make and make-over opportunities everywhere. My only regret is that there is no possible way that I can live long enough to make all of the things I see in my mind.