I created a new association that organizes crafting classes!
I really like to share my crafting ideas with others and I have always fun teaching my girls group on sewing projects. But I never could do much publicity for my courses as it wasn't a legal business, so it stayed a bit as a thing between friends.
I also love crafting afternoons with my kids and their friends and I always thought it's a pity that they are not crafting at school as much as I did, when I was young. Apparently it isn't foreseen in the french school system to develop much their artistic sense. But I think it is so important for children to not only work with their head, but also with their hands. And whenever there is a child being proud of something created or build by hand, you see how satisfying it is to actually have a touchable result of your work. I think all crafters know that sensation! In our region there are not much possibilities for children to craft if their parents are not doing it with them.
Finally I decided my kids are old enough, that I can abandon them for some hours the week to teach other children in crafting classes. To make it officially and legal I founded an association. For now it's only me teaching, but I hope to find some others who likes to give courses for all kind of arts or crafts. The association is non-lucrative, even though we could reimburse the teachers, and the profit will be donated at the end of each year to a social project or a help-organisation.
I have been lucky to get heavily supported by all of my friends. A BIG THANK YOU to Elodie, Florence, Celine, Sylviane, Antje, Orlane and Alex. They all gave me mental support and encouraged me to get started. I also needed a lot of help with all written things. My french writing isn't good enough to write official documents or even homepage articles. So I am drafting everything and then one of my friends has to look over it and make corrections.
But now after a lot of organizing and administrative work I can finally present you:
I created that banner for our web-site. It's the name of the association (Créa for creative and Farges is the name of our village) and every letter is created in a different way. Have a look on the development:
The C is painted in water color. Very easy the painting, but it took me ages on the computer to eliminate the background and replace it by another color. There had been several changes in the background so it works together with the other letters.
The R is stitched with yellow thread on a blue cardstock. Unfortunately it comes out very weak and isn't as visible as I wanted it to be. Maybe I will redo it one day with a thicker thread.
The É has been a problem letter. First I build it with needles and a little scissor and took a photo. I liked it, but it wasn't visible enough beside all the other stronger letters, so I followed the advice of a friend who proposed a composition with paper scraps:
I made the two first ones and my friend decided for the triangle scraps but in red, so I had to make a third one :-)
The A is a relaxing zentangle letter! It also took nearly no time on the computer, as it needed no retouch.
The F is the second letter that took a long long loooong time. It is in patchwork technic. You see above my first F as I am writing it. The colors have been to light and I tried to change the background color on the computer, but still everybody I showed it to, had problems to read it. I finally found out that here apparently everybody writes an F with only horizontal lines to the right, so I made a new one.
Again the background has been replaced on the computer.
The second A has been easy. I took a bunch of pencils and made a photo.
The second R has been fun. I poked needles in rubber foam and with dark blue wool I connected the needles in zigzag. Only after I took the photo I saw that I missed one of the needles.
The G is made of buttons. The most time it took me to put them back in my assortment box after.
The E is woven.
And finally the S is a knitted string.
It has been nice doing all those craftings and thinking of different methods of creating a letter (gave me directly the idea for a special crafting class), but the manipulations on the computer afterwards took way too long.
The Easter vacation started today and I have to organize some materials, but in May I will start on the first classes for kids. One class calls "introduction to weaving" and the other "different craftings".
I am looking forward to it very much!
And I am a little nervous too :-)
Have a happy and joyful Easter weekend!