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Today on the blog, I will be writing about paper craft.
Paper Craft is the most common type of craft but this does not mean that it requires any less artistic skill. Paper craft is the most loved and ventured into because paper is a relatively inexpensive medium, readily available, and easier to work with than the more complicated media typically used in the creation of three-dimensional artwork, such as ceramics, wood, and metals. Also, it is neater to work with than paints, dyes, and other coloring materials. Let’s take a look at the definition of Paper craft.
According to Wikipedia, Paper craft is a collection of crafts using paper or card as the primary artistic medium for the creation of one, two or three-dimensional objects. Paper and card stock lend themselves to a wide range of techniques and can be folded, curved, bent, cut, glued, molded, stitched, or layered.
Paper craft is the collection of art forms employing paper or card as the primary artistic medium. We have different types of papercraft, but today I will be writing on three areas: Origami, Bookbinding, Box, and Paper Mache
Origami: Origami is an ancient technique developed in Japan where squares of paper are intricately folded and formed into various objects such as flowers, animals, and boxes. One of the requirements of traditional origami is that no glue, pencil marks or cuts are used to make the finished product. To be considered authentic origami, the final project must be produced solely from folds.
Bookbinding: Unlike majority believe, Bookbinding is also a form of the papercraft. Bookmaking is the making of a book from paper pages bound together under a hardcover. Crafters often will create their books in conjunction with scrapbooking or journaling.
Box Making: Box making is a form of papercraft. Boxes are commonly used across many industries including the jewellery, cosmetics, perfume and fashion sectors.
Papier Mache: The first experience people often have with papier mache is as an art project in elementary school, but don’t let that fool you. Surprisingly sophisticated sculpture and art can be produced with papier mache. The art of papier mache consists of strips of paper dipped in glue or a compound of paper mash applied to an armature. After the mache dries, the object is painted to add color and pattern.
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In the today’s blog post, I will be writing about how crafts are used in professions.
If you have been following the blog post, you will notice that craft is such a broad field of human endeavour. I will have you know that there is an element of craft embedded in every profession. With knowledge of this in mind, I will be writing about Craft in three different profession namely: Food Art, Jewelry Making and Wood work.
FOOD ART: Food art is the art of preparing, cooking and presenting food in the most creative ways. The idea of food art probably popped up due to the amalgamation of varied food cultures making way for creative uses of different ingredients and foods.
Food art has a lot to do with mixing and matching and creating new wonders with different foods. Food art is a craft that requires skill. Examples include:
JEWELRY MAKING: Jewelry Making is the production of artistic articles (personal ornaments, everyday articles, religious articles, weapons) primarily from precious metals (gold, silver, and platinum) but also from certain other nonferrous metals, frequently in combination with precious and semiprecious stones, pearls, glass, amber, mother-of-pearl, ivory, and similar materials. Various techniques are used in jewelry-making which requires the use of craft.
WOOD WORK: Wood work is an activity or skill that required making items from wood, and includes cabinet making (cabinetry and furniture), wood carving, joinery, carpentry, and woodturning. Every creation in wood work is skillfully crafted to serve an intended purpose. Below are some images of some beautifully crafted Wood Work.
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Welcome back readers! Today, we will be talking about the benefits of crafts. If you are into the craft industry, this post will gear you up to keep up the good work; and if you are a still considering going into the craft industry, this post will give you reason why you should be a venture into crafts. Without any further ado, here are Six benefits why crafts are beneficial to you and the society at large:
1. Craft Promotes Innovation and Creativity: Crafts provide a platform for an individual to create and bring new things into reality. It helps an individual to think differently and come up with new innovations that are useful to the society. With crafts, an individual is more resourceful and versatile. Crafts foster mental growth and provide opportunities for trying out new ideas, new ways of thinking and problem solving.
2. Craft Encourage Self Expression and Boost Self Esteem: Craft is a great way that enables one to express oneself. It allows freedom of expression and the positive energy channelized into it gives a sense of achievement which in turn boosts an individual self esteem. Seeing the finished work of a creative venture makes one feel better, satisfied, calmer, and happier.
3. Crafts Teach Flexibility: Crafts enable one to think in more than one way, which enhances flexibility. Crafts teach an individual that they can achieve the same result through a different method. This in turn can help in real life where one continuously faces situations with multiple possibilities. The benefits of crafts extend to all spheres of the life and make one better equipped to face the challenges life throws.
4. Crafts Improves Brain and Motor Skills: Crafting promotes mental agility and stimulates ones brain to coordinate thinking with ones hand, thus training fine motor skills. Most crafts project involves moving the hands and fingers; these movements involve fine motor skills and improve the overall muscle strength. Thus, crafts help an individual in the improvement of coordination and the precision of the hands.
5. Crafts Improves Empathy and Social Interaction: Crafts have the ability to help one change the way one think and feel -which helps an individual become more tolerant of other people and show empathy. Crafts also give crafters the opportunity to interact, socialize and build friendship.
6. Crafting serves as a rich source of income: For some people making crafts could be a hobby. It can be a form of relaxation, or a way to provide handmade gifts to family and friends. But some people make supplementary income by selling crafts, or even do it as a full-time job. With persistence and embrace of uniqueness in creations they can teach about craft through online or offline courses. And one can also make income by exhibiting the crafts and putting them for sale for others to enjoy, while at the same time getting some cash in return.
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When the word ‘craft’ is mentioned, majority thinks it deals with only paper craft but I will have you know that craft goes far and wide beyond paper. It is a skill that requires manual dexterity and artistic penchant. In today’s post, you will be enlightened on what craft really is and the common types of crafts.
What is Craft? The term ‘craft’ denotes a skill, usually employed in branches of the decorative arts (e.g ceramics) or in associated artistic practice (e.g lace-making). Craft is an occupation or avocation that requires special and artistry skill. A key feature of crafts is that they involve high degree of “hands-on” craftsmanship rather than just skill with machine. According to Wikipedia, crafts as a whole can be described based on two forms: Art form: Crafts as an art form is an outlet of human expression, usually influenced by culture and which in turn help to change culture. Crafts are a physical manifestation of the internal creative impulse. Visual art: Crafts as a visual arts form include painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and others, that focus on the creation of works which are primarily visual in nature. Crafting includes a variety of art forms, from sculpture and metalwork to knitting and printing. Common types of crafts includes: Ceramic and Glass Crafts, Fiber and Textile Crafts, Flower Crafts, Leatherwork, House ware, Fashion, Needlework, Paper Crafts, Wood and Furniture Crafts, Stone Crafts, Metal Crafts.
It is basically a myth that crafts are only for children. It will be worthwhile to know that crafts are not only for children rather they are for all age group –so long as the person has the penchant for it. Crafts cuts across all fields of human endeavours.
Types of Crafts Like arts, crafts deals with beauty and creativity. Crafts can be divided into five basic types based on their form and purpose. We have the textile, decorative, paper, functional, and fashion crafts.
Textile craft: This includes any type of craft where you work with fabric, yarn or surface design. Some examples are knitting, quilting, appliqué, weaving, and dyeing. Many of these could obviously also fall into the decorative or fashion categories since the finished goods are often sold as sweaters or wall hangings. However, they are technically textile crafts since they all start with fabric.
Paper craft: As the name implies, paper crafts have to do with paper. It includes papier-mâché, boxing, collage, calligraphy, paper making and origami paper folding.
Decorative craft: Furniture making, metalwork, stenciling, stained glass, gilding, sponge ware, and basketry all fall into the category of decorative crafts. This category also includes toy-making and other arts. Combining furniture making with metalwork is a popular trend.
Fashion craft: This craft encompasses all the elements of dressing the human body: jewelry, hats, leatherwork (shoes, belts, handbags), and garments. It naturally intersects with other craft types since jewelry can be made through metalworking and garments are fabricated by sewing –which can be classified as textile craft. Fashion involves a variety of materials from soft fabrics such as cotton, linen, and wool to sturdier materials such as nylon, canvas, and leather.
Functional craft: Many of the other types of crafts can also be classified as functional. For example, decorative pottery –including serving platters and utensils – is often made with components that are okay for people to eat from. Many furniture crafts are primarily functional but can also be quite decorative.
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Yetunde Owolabi (Mrs.) Studied Law at the Lagos State University. On graduating with a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB; Legum Baccalaureus), she attended the Nigerian law School, Enugu, where she bagged her BL and was called to the Nigerian bar in 2011.
Yetunde Owolabi is a paper crafter, painter interior designer and a party planner. She also trains people in paper crafting. Although Yetunde has always been naturally artistic, her journey into crafts fully began in 2017, after the birth of her second child, when she discovered paper flowers made by foreign and local crafters. To perfect her skills, she watched some videos and tried her hands at creating paper flowers. Of course, her first attempts at paper flowers compared with the feats she’s capable of now, are a testament to how much her skills have improved. Over the years, fueled by passion, she has perfected the art, exploring other types of paper crafts like cake toppers, frames, 3D numbers and designs.
Besides crafting, Yetunde is also a seasoned practising lawyer whose attention to details combined with her vast knowledge of the law makes her an asset to her clients and employers. When she’s not knee deep in papers, glue and party-planning, you can be sure to find her researching current areas of the legal sphere.
My name is Sophie Adebambo Jolaosho, I studied English at Ogun State University Ago-Iwoye (Now Olabisi Onabanjo University)
I attended Command Secondary School, Kaduna. Hello class of ’92!
Our company Bella Mariposa Productions was registered as a company October 2019, although we started like a hobby in November 2018.
I’ve always known that I am creative and dexterous. I learnt how to cut and sew in the 6 months between WAEC and University Matriculation. It was all in attempt to cheer up and excite my mom after her hysterectomy in 2018 at age 75. The plan was to teach her crochet so she can look forward to recovery. We watched YouTube videos and I unlocked myself instead! It’s indeed an interesting story I’ll love to share in full at some point.
After graduation, I worked professionaly in Advertising then HR Learning Management as a trainee before igniting my craft business.
I am also a writer, minister, singer and gospel recording artist, my second album was released in 2014 and I have now begun work on a new compilation.
I am the visionary and missions director of The Heman Harmony, an independent gospel choir and non profit organisation