CRAFTED is always buzzing with activity so “TAKE FIVE” gives us a chance to take a break and learn a little bit about the people who make the market great!
Lindsay Sochar is a true CRAFTED Original – she’s been with us since day one and eventually joined the staff as our Craft Program Manager. Every team has that one special person who inspires the rest, and Lindsay keeps us all on our creative toes. She manages the Creation Station, where she can leads visitors through a different DIY project each weekend that they can take home as a memento from CRAFTED. That’s why she’s our first Take Five subject.
1. What is your earliest crafting memory?
Hot gluing in my mom’s garage.
2. What do you do when you’re not at CRAFTED?
When I’m not creating in the market, I’m either at home working on my own artwork or I am at school. I’m learning the ancient art of hand painted signs. So I spend a lot of my time practicing, painting and working on commissions. I also create cardboard playhouses for my cats.
3. What is your favorite medium to work in?
I do most of my work painting in acrylic; it’s vibrant and dries quickly. I have learned how to get acrylic paint to do exactly what I’m looking for. But my favorite medium is clay. My love for clay comes from my father who is a sculptor and great teacher. Working with clay is very forgiving and extremely tactile. I like how interactive and physical using clay can be. It’s such a beautiful material and scientific process. Clay is an organic material and glazes are natural chemicals that react to heat to produce different color reactions.
4. Where do you get your ideas for the Creation Station craft projects?
A lot of the projects I do in the Creation Station are things I would be at home making. I do find a lot of ideas online, on Pinterest and on craft-related blogs. But most of my craft inspiration comes from seeing something I like and wanting to make my own version.
5. What’s your favorite Creation Station moment?
Some of my favorite moments at the Creation Station are when people see a few kids happily making crafts and say, “OH! look how happy they are – I wish we could do that.” When I tell them there’s no age limit to creating and having fun and they join in, it makes my day.
Some of the kids who are most excited by the crafts are the ones whose schools no longer offer arts in the classroom. Being creative is an essential part of growing and learning. It’s amazing what kids can think of and create when given a place to do so.
Come Craft with Lindsay!
Lindsay has some fun craft projects planned for the Creation Station in the coming weekends. And remember, the Creation Station is a place for creatives of ALL ages to get crafty!!
February 27 – March 1: Mosaic Flower Pots & Trivets
March 6 – 8: Rope Wrapped Crafts
March 13 – 15: Up-cycled Braided Bracelets
March 20 – 22: Spring Felt Flower Headband