When I am asked to deﬁne
, I don’t and
I won’t. I like to think of it as undefinable—with norules—and that is why I was drawn to it in the firstplace. Craft is a way to connect with people, a wayto create a community that you are inspired by. Ihave come to realize that once one’s hands are inmotion, “making” is difficult to stop. There may belong lapses, unfinished projects, even disasters,but the feeling inside you never leaves. Do youknow the feeling I am talking about? The one thatmakes you relax, focus, and feel proud that youare making something? That is an example of thepower of craft. Regardless of one’s skill level, Itruly believe that making things makes good.While conducting interviews over the pastfew years, I must have asked hundreds of peoplethe same question: “So, how long have you beenmaking stuff?” Ask me, and my answer, like manyof yours, is “I’ve always made things, ever since Iwas a little kid.”What I make now is films, and what I havemade in the past runs the gamut of craft. My storywould continue: “No, I didn’t go to college. Yes,I make a ‘living’ as an independent artist. No, I’mnot professionally trained. No, I don’t currentlyhave to support kids or pets. Yes, it’s difficult tobalance it all. Yes, I work
the time. And yes, Iam very, very happy with my life.”
But that story is mine. The story of the girlnext to me will be very different. So, too, thestory of the guy next to her, and so on. That iswhat I love about this book: We get to see intothe lives of others, to understand what motivatesthem. We all live very differently under theumbrella of craft, though we share a commonbond of making and creating. It’s who we areand will continue to be, as we grow old. Thenanother generation will come along and start itall over again. Or so we hope.Living a DIY lifestyle is nothing new.Our generation’s interest in the resurgenceof craft started as a grassroots phenomenon,though now I think it’s safe to say it’s leakedinto mainstream culture. We make to provide.We make to give. We make to share. We makebecause we love. Making is marketable, it’s“green,” it’s local. And when the fad passes,we will still be making. Because making thingsby hand has never stopped, and it will neverdisappear.When it comes to craft, I encourage you allto spend time observing and absorbing what’saround you—in your personal lives and alsowhat is available online. Be inspired by theamazing people and projects within this book.Make the ideas your own, use the resources asa springboard, and then share your story withothers. Remember, the empowerment of craftis contagious.
Showing a ﬂair for fashion, a model in the Tongue-in-Chic Skirtturns the head of ukulele busker Howlin’ Hobbit on the streetsof Seattle.