Handmade Stories — Listen to stories sharing the value of craft at handmadestories.se
In the current era of technological development, with an abundance of industrially produced things — what is the value of craft?
What is the value of carving wooden spoons, when we have enough spoons already? What is the value of repairing a broken sweater, when we can buy a new one and save time? What is the value of spending time digging up and shaping clay, when we don’t know why?
Handmade Stories is about giving insights into crafts through the voices of others. These stories share how sewing a piece of clothing from an old sheet can bring confidence to build a house, how using a handmade dish towel and hearing knitting needles can bring connections across generations, how wood from a single tree, wool from a herd of sheep and clay from the roots of the forest can bring relationships between people and nature.
The project explores how craft can bring connections between people and nature for sustainability, by asking: what is the story of something handmade that you value?
When you have a friend who has sheep, whom you’ve met and cuddled with and such, and then you knit a sweater out of yarn from these sheep, and then you can go back to them and hug them with their own wool. Then it is really locally produced.
To me, these are the best dish towels. But it’s really the whole feeling and just because it’s my grandmother who made them, and I think of her every time I use the towels. So that makes them the best dish towels in the whole world.
It feels like it was tía Olga who invented knitting in our family, who began knitting, and now I sit here and can knit, thanks to her really.
The fact that I started sewing, painting, and crafting; maybe that’s also what made me dare to throw myself into things, to which I know that I’m probably a little handy after all. So maybe I can even manage to build a house, with what that implies, to lay floors and paint and all that — and I did!
For me, it’s very much about being able to do something just because I want to. No matter how strange others may think it is, to collect a lot of debris in nature and put it together. But I really feel that I can be myself for a bit. There’s just something in me that says ’this is what you should do’ and then I do it. And that feels like freedom, somehow.
You can kind of have everything you want if you just make it yourself. Sometimes I look at way too expensive, super nice clothing, and if you just sit down and have the patience to try to do it yourself, you might be able to make it for less money, and also wear something that reminds you of this self-capability.