Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Pass it on
There's always so much to love at our shows, isn't there? Whether quilting, scrapbooking, needlepoint, or miniatures, there's an excitement that's unbeatable.
Last Sunday I was welcomed at the Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures in San Jose and experienced the usual euphoria of being in a large hall of like-minded crafters. Barb Jones and Phyllis Hedman worked tirelessly to make it all happen.
But there was a special aspect to the Good Sam show that I particularly loved –- the children's corner!
Through the year, miniaturists send supplies and scraps for the children's corner to the show's organizers. They contribute paint, paper, glue, brushes, landscaping scraps, fabric, beads, foam, doll parts, material for bases, and miniature "anythings." They even have T shirts for the children to wear as aprons and take home with them.
Tables are laid out and the children get to work; no parents allowed. Adult volunteers are available for technical help (how much glue do I need for this?), but no judging takes place, only encouragement. The children can choose whatever they want from the large bins of supplies. What a wonderful way to ensure the continuation of a most satisfying way of life.
Pictured here are 3 generations of miniaturists: Phyllis in the middle, her wonderful daughter, Anne, on the right, and Anne's daughter Keshae whom I wanted to take home with me.
Throughout the day, children came by my table of books to show me what they'd created. Some scenes were more elaborate than others; all represented an afternoon of fun and creativity. Thanks to Jonesy for sending the photo of a finished product.
I'd love to know what other crafters are doing to attract the next generation.