Handmaking as a way of life

I was always the creative one and always needing to make something with my own hands, no matter how small or ordinary. I lost time for that at some point in my life, without noticing it and without understanding the lingering feeling that I was missing something.

Handmade French jacket
Handmade French jacket

I learned in my early years how to knit, crochet, embroider and sew. For most of it, I was self-taught with limited resources back then. Luckily, in the last decade so many resources have become available, so I started to learn new skills like making soaps and cosmetics and improve my cooking and baking.

Homemade almond cake
Homemade almond cake

Being able to produce something from scratch to the final product makes me whole. Measuring success nowadays can be stressful due to the many demands from the outside world. We strive so hard to meet those expectations that we neglect our inner world and our inner needs. I firmly believe that it is in our nature to use our hands as well as our creative mind for making new stuff. It is a success that we can easily measure; you can eat it or wear it, use it to make different products. And you can repeat it endlessly.

Handmade cosmetics

Cherish your hands and use them. Some say that handmaking leads to a meditative state of mind, and they are right. Let handmaking become a way of your life too!

Maja

Rukotvorenje kao način života

Uvek sam bila kreativac i imala potrebu da napravim nešto svojim rukama, bez obzira koliko to malo ili obično bilo. U nekom trenutku svog života, izgubila sam vreme za to, a da to nisam primetila, ne razumejući konstantni osećaj da mi nešto nedostaje.

My indoor plants garden
My indoor plants garden
Pattern making

 

Pattern making

Naučila sam da pletem, heklam, vezem i šijem jos kao dete. Većinu toga samouka i tada sa ograničenim resursima. Srećom, u protekloj deceniji je bilo dostupno toliko resursa, da sam počela da učim nove veštine kao što su pravljenje sapuna i kozmetike i da poboljšam svoje kulinarske veštine.

 
Handknitting in progress
Handknitting in progress

Biti sposobna da proizvedem nešto od pocetka do konačnog proizvoda čini me celom. Merenje uspeha u današnje vreme može biti stresno, previše je zahteva iz spoljašnjeg sveta. Toliko se trudimo da ispunimo ta očekivanja da zanemarujemo svoj unutrašnji svet i svoje unutrašnje potrebe. Čvrsto verujem da je u našoj prirodi da koristimo ruke i mozak da pravimo stvari. To je uspeh koji lako možemo izmeriti; možete ga pojesti ili obući, koristiti za pravljenje različitih proizvoda. I možete to ponavljati beskrajno.

Negujte svoje ruke i koristite ih. Neki kažu da ručni rad vodi u meditativno stanje uma, i u pravu su. Neka rukotvorenje postane i način vašeg života!

Maja