Phineas & Mae
Crafting a beautiful world.
Generation after generation have passed down the tradition of hand made goods. Grandmothers to granddaughters, fathers to sons - working with our hands is ingrained in who we are meant to be.
Technology has altered the idea of hand crafted, for better and worse. It has opened up a world of limitless possibilities. Stop. Breath. Find joy in making. Explore the tradition, find use in the modern.
Crafting a beautiful world.
Bringing together a love for hand crafts, the joy of learning, and new experiences to make life a little more beautiful.
So often we feel limited to one thing. We hesitate to put down unfinished projects. Exploring new disciplines seems far off. But this is a place that celebrates the chaos of creativity. Focusing on multiple ideas across any discipline that sparks joy and excitement.
Learning a new craft, whether old or new, is intimidating. Exploring what opportunities and experiences you can find through new ventures is exciting. Here there is a place for both, exploring what we know and conquering what we don't.
This is my place for beautiful inspiration. Whether found through photography, nature, loved ones, or even your favorite book, inspiration is all around us an you can never be sure when it will strike.
“I squirrel away sealed greeting cards that people give me so I can open them later when I’m having a bad day.”
Broken down to it’s basic level, most papercrafts are about human connection. We send cards to connect with another person in their best times and their worst. We create albums and scrapbooks to remember the special moments we have with one another, and so our children and grandchildren will one day look back at their family from before they were. Even journal keeping is a connection, with ourselves, to remember, to regret, or to simply organize our day to better serve one another.
“Anyone who works on a quilt, who devotes her time, energy, creativity, and passion to that art, learns to value the work of her hands. And as any quilter will tell you, a quilter’s quilting friends are some of the dearest, most generous, and most supportive people she knows.”
I image there are few things as satisfying as finishing a quilt. An art that is known to have dated back to the 12th century (perhaps even earlier), quilting is a tradition that has been passed down through generations. First, as a practical application, and later used as adornment, quilts are timeless classics and treasured heirlooms – whether traditional or modern.
“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.”
Vincent Van Gogh
So often we admonish our lack of skills in this area, wishing we were as good as another. Before my daughter was born, I bought a book called “Ish”. I love the idea of this book, which tells the story of a little boy who draws -ish things. It’s a flower-ish, it’s a boat-ish, it’s a person-ish. We collectively have come to decide that if we cannot reproduce an image exactly on paper, then we are without skill. But, as Picasso said, “Painting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.” So we are not good or bad if our painting is only -ish. We fail ourselves when we do not paint what is in our hearts.
“So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten even by ourselves, so it’s gratifying to have something you have done linger in people’s memories.”
There are so many other projects and undertakings to pursue, those which may not stand the test of time. History will likely not include a divine chocolate cake you may bake, but is nonetheless delicious and served to those whom you love. Herein lies all the things which may be temporary task in the present