Orla Collective’s popular workshops made a welcome return on Wednesday evening with a crafting Christmas workshop presented by Lynn Cosyn of Cosymore.
Lynn had always been inspired by her father’s love of creating things from bits and bobs he would find whilst out and about. Realizing that with a dash of creativity and a pinch of time, everyday unwanted objects could be transformed into magical gifts, she created Cosymore and thankfully for us, she hasn’t looked back since.
In today’s busy world, it often seems that commercialism ‘hijacks’ our traditional Christmas celebrations. Rather than using the cozy winter nights to make personal gifts for those nearest and dearest to us. We surf the internet mindlessly looking for a quick gift or believe that the material cost of a present is more important than the sentiment behind it. Lynn’s workshop focused on how to bring that ‘personal’ touch back to Christmas in the most sustainable way possible – Very apt given the climate conference started this week!
First stop is to find your sustainable items. Recycling centres, Things people have left out on the street to be collected, thrift shops like Troc and Nei Arbecht are all good places to start hunting. In general though Lynn’s advice is to keep your ‘eyes and imagination open.’ A wine bottle could so easily become a beautiful Vase, some fallen branches a Christmas decoration….’Think outside the box here people!”
Amongst the many wonder’s Lynn showed us to make was a set of tea-cups, a great Christmas gift for any tea drinker out there. All you need is some white porcelain cups, porcelain paint and some tape. You can use the tape to make patterns on the mug and then colour them in or just go ‘super’ minimal with stripes or dots. Why not use some sketch paper to try out different ideas and then see how they would look on the cups? It only take between 5 and 10 minutes to make a cup and your design can reflect the interests of the recipient….. like UNICORNS for me (hint, hint.)
Once your set of cups or plates or anything white and porcelain is finished, you need something to present them in. So our second stop was gift wrapping ideas. Something like an old little suitcase from a thrift shop with some colorful paper (Flow magazine is a good source) can make a beautiful presentation case. Lynn also showed us how to make our very own gift bags with some simple brown paper ,double sided sticky tape and some yarn for tying.
My favorite idea was the DIY wrapping paper! All you need is a lint roller and some foam paper to cut shapes out of. Stick the shapes (xmas trees, stars) onto the lint roller and cover with white craft paint. Then roll the lint roller over some brown paper and hey presto, you have your own beautiful, unique wrapping paper – GENIUS! For the gift tags, use a template from Google or similar and cut into shapes on black paper. Then stick the black paper on some old cardboard boxes to make the gift tags that little bit sturdier. Simplistic, but also beautiful, thoughtful and unique!
Crafting gifts and paper may take a little more time than pressing PayPal on your computer, but it creates a warm, snug atmosphere which helps to relax the mind…
“Crafting is my meditation”
No Orla workshop would be complete without a beautiful gift bag, with a special ‘crafty’ gift from Lynn reminding us all to:
“Collect Memories not things!”
Happy Christmas Crafting!
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Credits: Photography by David Mourato.