Crafts can be a form of meditation. These process-driven activities often require the same steps repeated over again and encourage you to lose yourself in the act of making. Embroidery, for instance, is centered around poking a threaded needle through the same piece of fabric until your design is complete. Weaving is another craft with similarly calming qualities; it invites you to move a piece of yarn (or other material)
Embroidery is a craft where there is always something to learn.
Based out of Vancouver, Canada, contemporary paper artist Tara Lee Bennett creates intricately crafted creations from tiny bits of paper.
Textile artist Tammy Kanat has an innovative approach to the traditional art of weaving. While a lot of weaving is done on rectangular looms, Kanat opts for a more organic shape and creates large-scale textile projects that are housed within circular forms. Her massive pieces incorporate fuzzy textures and rings of bright colors. This combination is magnetic; Kanat’s work begs for a long look to fully appreciate her range of wrapping, fringe, knots, and more.
Do you struggle to keep your houseplants alive? If so, perhaps you're better off caring for one crafted from paper.
The art of origami has a long place in history and continues to thrive today.
Do you love pixel art? This technologically inspired type of work is a charming way to recreate life, square by square. If you’ve always wanted to produce your own portrait made of pixels, then you’ll want to try Perler beads. The material—also called fuse beads, Hama beads, or melty beads—mimics the look of pixels and is an easy material to master. Plus, it's great for kids or adults.
Nature is a constant source of inspiration for many artists, and Russian creative Ksenia Zimenko is no exception.
From sunset hues to ocean blues, nature boasts countless colors that inspire artists to capture landscapes on canvas.
Artist Calvin Nicholls manipulates ordinary sheets of paper into incredible relief sculptures using standard carving tools. He finds inspiration for his paper art in the diversity of wildlife and uses his honed skills to replicate feathers, fur, and fins with masterful precision. “They all present their unique challenges and rewards while showcasing the possibilities of paper as a medium,” Nicholls tells My Modern Met.
Beading is typically thought of as a form of jewelry, but it has also proven to be a great material...
A popular pastime of the Victorian era, flower pressing is a wonderful way to repurpose fresh blooms.