Future Craft Collective Mission:

The future craft collective is about inspiring children to get crafty, to create beauty, while simultaneously teaching them ways of minimizing our impact on this earth.  It's about understanding ways of recycling, reducing, reusing, and at the same time, making some really cool stuff.  
Throughout the craft sessions, kids will discover ways to create a world in which the belief in handmade looms larger than the messages of the marketing machine.  In this era of relentless advertising and planned obsolescence, the time has come to infuse our children with our own messages of creative living and sustainability.  This message too can save a kid from a lifetime of seeking contentment through consumption.
The future craft collective wants kids to understand the thrill of making it themselves.  We want them to look at the used goods all around them not as trash, or as items to be tossed in the recycling bin, but rather as raw materials in their crafty creative pursuits, thereby allowing them to experience the innovative feeling of instilling new life into old objects.  
From the idea, to the completion of a project, to showing it off in public, we can teach children to recognize the value and pride and indeed the thrill in saying "Thanks, I made it myself."  And the even greater thrill of utilizing old-fashioned ideals of resourcefulness and ingenuity and of finding the hidden life in abandoned materials.
in addition to making some really cool things we'll cover:
-why is there so much?  understanding that less is more.
-what are retailers doing to the value of handmade?
-the pride of making it yourself.
-the joys of creating personal style.
-the value in knowing the ability to create is within his/her realm.
-tapping into a kids' inherent desire to create.
-recognizing the marketing machine of a consumer culture.
-spreading the love and celebrating the thrill of handmade.

Each session stands alone with a lesson in sustainability and a hands-on project, which will lead to a greater understanding of the thrill of consciously crafting.  A follow-up discussion of each project will lead to greater understanding of the thrill of handmade, the need to minimize the impact and the necessity of creating rather than consuming.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

New Classes on the calendar

Appreciation banner class for mamas on Thursday night May 22nd from 6:30-9:00.

Come make your very own Family Appreciation banners to spread the love and share the gratitudes. You'll walk away with an amazing gift to present to your family but we'll also talk about why family appreciations are so important. We'll discuss family rituals, and ways to make your family life feel that much more connected. You'll receive top notch technical assistance from Kathie Sever and Bernadette will regale you with ways and whys of making appreciations work for you. This class will combine sewing with a little appreciation and while we're at it, why not combine it with a little BYOB. $45.00

Homeschool Craft Collective
The Future Craft Collective is starting a new class series the first four Mondays in June from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. For kids ages 8-12 years old. Sign up by May 29th to reserve your spot. $85.00 + $10.00 supply fee.

Future Craft Collective kids 8-12
The 3:30 - 5:30 classes will continue also. Hurry to reserve your spot because classes have been filling up.

Have I mentioned how much fun Kathie and I have been having? And how much cool stuff has been coming out of this studio all made with recycled materials?

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