before i talk about quilling, i want to explain what led me to it in the first place.
one of my first posts here was all about handmade cards. i think i may have even quoted daniel pink (checking old post) — yup, i did.
if you’re not familiar with daniel pink, he is a best-selling author of books about the changing world of work. i don’t normally read these books, but mr.madeItSo was reading this particular one, and he paused to read me a passage.
now at this point, i’d normally glaze over, expecting some new-age, go get-em business mumbojumbo (but really, trying to squint hard and focus because i do try to be open-minded and receptive towards things that are not quite in my realm of interests). but i was pleasantly surprised — and then promptly felt guilty for lumping mr.pink in with my pre-conceived notions of this sort of literature. to save you a click, i’m sharing the quotation here again:
Don’t Outsource Your Empathy:
Are you still buying greeting cards that broadcast someone else’s sentiments about life’s most important moments? Show others how much they really mean to you (and demonstrate your empathy) by creating your own cards for various occasions: birthdays, graduations, illnesses or deaths, anniversaries. Kids know how to do this. And so do you. Just fire up your computer’s word processing program and get started. Even better, do it by hand with some blank card and coloured pencils.
Anyone can grab a mass-produced card along with the week’s groceries. It takes a special person to spend the time really thinking about what message to send and how best to convey it….
~ excerpt from Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind. c. 2008, used with author’s permission.
huh. having this message come from someone who is not necessarily known for crafty endeavours… well, it’s encouraging to know that there is a shift towards creativity being recognized as a valuable attribute, in the workplace and beyond. i’m seeing it more and more these days, which is a whole other post for another day. and really — we’ve known this all along right? good for the rest of the world to finally catch up! ;-)
as for outsourcing my empathy, i try to make cards more often than not, but let’s be honest. there have been plenty of occasions where i’ve let the days slip by and i just run out of time. but when i am able to make a card by hand, it does feel nice. a creative outlet plus something unique and genuine that i can feel good about giving.
all this to explain that recently, i made a birthday card and decided to use a new-to-me technique called quilling. i’d never heard of quilling til a few months ago when i came across one of those page-a-day calendars. each day had a new quilling project to try, with these long strips ready to use. you can obviously cut your own paper into narrow strips if you want to try this craft for yourself.
other things i needed: scissors, cardstock and glue.
that’s it! what i like about quilling is that you don’t need much to do it, the result is eye-catching, and the possibilities are endless. i’ll share what we made next time in part 2.
but for now, i’m curious about a few things. what do you think about daniel pink’s statement above? do you make your own cards? had you heard of quilling before this?
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