Let these DIY projects bring out your creative side
Art has always existed beyond museums. While the Amorsolos and Picassos exist within boxed-off exhibits, there is still plenty to see outside the four walls of a gallery. Out on the streets, murals and graffiti adorn far-flung alleys and bustling pockets of the city. Online, the youth share their creativity, with many a promising artist hoping to get discovered via the #artph hashtag.
There’s no need to look far in pursuit of visual art. In fact, with enough imagination, creativity, and a willingness to get your hands dirty, art can be found right within the bounds of the home. Now, there’s no promising that a simple DIY project will end up as aesthetically refined as a Monet painting or an Abueva sculpture, but we all need to start somewhere, don’t we?
If you’re looking to tap into your creative side, consider trying out some of these do-it-yourself arts and crafts projects.
Rework your wardrobe
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Years and years ago, sustainability was but a faraway concept that we believed we would all eventually commit to. Fast forward to 2019, the pressure to minimize waste and live sustainably is rightfully heavier than ever before. Thankfully, the smallest of efforts can add up to a considerable whole: with a little mindfulness, the world can become better, if only a little.
For anyone looking to take steps towards a sustainable lifestyle, here’s the simplest place to start: your own closet. Instead of buying new clothes every time a new season or sweldo day rolls around, consider revamping some of the pieces you already own. Take cues from DIY blog A Pair & A Spare and turn an oversized jacket into a utility skirt, a pair of unused jeans into denim cut-offs, or jazz up your favorite pair of shoes with a personal touch.
Jazz up your workspace
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Improving a part of your home or office doesn’t always have to equate to a large-scale change. Take a glance at your workspace and consider the ways you could make the space more stimulating or even a little easier to work in.
If you need a starting point, here are a couple of our favorite quick fixes for the workspace. Why not pick up some rope or twine at the nearest craft store and revamp that pencil holder or succulent pot sitting on your desk? If you like keeping photos on display, consider ditching the conventional picture frame. Instead, utilize a vacant wall and get creative with colored washi tape!
Let the green in
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With the number of plantstagrams blooming now more than ever, we’ve established that gardening isn’t a hobby that needs to be left outside. If you have a soft spot for greenery, this might be the perfect DIY project for you: you can combine gardening and art by crafting your own string garden. All you need is a shadow-loving plant, bonsai soil, moss, cotton thread and sturdy string. Oh, and don’t forget your gloves!
If there’s anything that these art and crafts projects teach us, it’s that art isn’t just something visually stimulating. Art can be used for good. It can answer to people’s needs, whether it may be the need to de-stress by doing something hands-on, the need to utilize excess materials, or the need to spice up an existing space.
On September 21, discover how visual arts can be used for good—for the self, the community and the country—with multihyphenate Solenn Heussaff at the Lifesmith Learning Sessions. Happening at 3PM in Poblacion, Makati, this is a learning session you wouldn’t want to miss.