I remember when I was younger, I was so much into arts and crafts. My mom is an artisan (she made vases, crocheted, sewed dresses and curtains, did macramé art on a full length mirror which still hanged on our wall) and I got that creative side from her. I loved drawing, painting, making beautiful things out of nothing, making cards, cross-stitching, collecting figurines and making friendship bracelets. You could say that I was a lot more into arts and I was really passionate about being creative. Forward to now, what happened? Well, since I became too busy with work (been working for more than a decade and since I graduated!) and being a mom, I sadly set aside what I loved doing then. I had forgotten how to be creative. Until I attended DMC’s Dare Your Mind To Create event a few days ago.
So much beauty in every corner of the pretty Early Bird Breakfast Club Restaurant at Century City Mall in Makati City. Even their food was delicious and came with a good-looking presentation, that I cannot help share.
|Chicken Adobo Flakes|
The event honestly woke up the sleeping creative monster in me. It reminded me of my childhood, of how making something beautiful by using my mind and my heart made me truly happy. It also brought memories of my bonding with my mom who was my role model in creativity. It was a beautiful first event of the year that I attended especially when seven (7) amazing crafty women stood up to speak of their passion in their creations and how it changed their lives. These were Alessa Lanot, whom I met during a short painting class I attended in Tagaytay, Candy Reyes-Alipio, Karla Quimsing, Len Cabili, Marielle Nadal-Reyes, Mikko Sumulong and Trey Ajusto.
|Candy Reyes-Alipio is the creative mind behind Knitting Expedition which makes knitted products with the locals of Mt. Pulag. She also works with Ricefield Collective, a group of women farmers from Banaue.|
|Len Cabili owns the fashion line called Filip+Inna where her clothes are designed with traditional Filipino patterns, featured in Elle magazine, worn by Tory Burch and Amanda Hearts. She also has a collaboration with BAYO.|
|Trey Ajusto sells her own line of crochet yarn and craft supplies called Ganstsilyo Guru.|
|Karla Quimsing owns Damgo (dreams) an online store where she sells beautiful dreamcatchers.|
|Marielle Nadal-Reyes is the founder of CraftMNL, a studio in Makati for crafters where they do workshops together. She also owns Yellow Bug Love, where she sells hand crafted wedding decors.|
I was moved with the stories shared by each of these beautiful women. They made crafting and creating something unique and meaningful, part of their lives. They dared to think outside of the box and just went the direction which others don’t take (myself included) to share their hearts and their minds, through the wonderful creations they produced out of crafting. They weren’t afraid to make mistakes because it’s part of the journey. It’s so much alike our lives, mistakes are part of it, the important thing is the learning and being wise. This is what DMC is challenging everybody to do. As far as I know, it had been successful with me. I was inspired to once again create, to draw, to stitch, one project at a time, one day at a time.
So imagine how thrilled I was when I received gifts from these talented women after the event. For me, it's not just a simple gift. Each of them gave me a piece of their hearts through their created crafts. They were all wonderful.
If you want to learn and be inspired to do crafts and just dare to create, DMC is holding a craft fair entitled “DMC HANDCRAFTED” for those who want to start crafting and learn how to. It will run from January 30 to February 1 at Century City Mall Event Center where you could also buy handmade pieces or make your own projects. There will be free workshops and also live entertainment at night.