I have enjoyed color and shape from an early age, as my father had his own print shop when I grew up and I spent all my free time there. Many were the times when I had printing press ink from head to toe, not something my mother always approved of. But I did not mind taking some heat, it was an exciting and fun environment to be in.
Craft, in all forms, is something that I always have loved, but it is paper craft, painting, journaling and doodling that have become my main line of creativity. While growing up I used things close at hand e.g. newspapers, gift wrap, strings, stickers – in short, what ever I could find. I am still using a lot of scrap in my art work, and my fortune is that my family have a great patient and can withstand that I pile up ”scrap”. My primary source of inspiration is God, color, shape and nature.
During my studies at a textile art school, part of the curriculum was weaving, and I was all up there with excitement for I had never done this before. There were no end to my pride when getting the first warp up in the loom, but as I begin weaving I spot an error in the warp so a line did forms at the center of the fabric. Devastated of disappointment in myself my first thought for a split second were to not finish the weave.
My teacher then told me a history story, that touched my heart: ”Many years ago, when weaving still was a occupation for many women, a small error were always woven in, making sure that the weave were imperfect, because the only thing being perfect is God, so they did not want to try measure up to him.”
That is how I try to think when I create; there exists no failures only lessons and that my creativity is a gift from God, my purpose is to manage my gift as well as I can. Not everything has to be perfect and I like when you can see that it is handmade. Anyone can create, take small steps in faith, find your personal expression, learning happily from others while not making an exact copy.
You are created unique and wonderful in Christ, trust Him in your creativity and express yourself and your beliefs with love.
How I came up with the idea to start a Christian magazine, is a question I have been asked many times. My first job ever was on a local daily newspaper and I have always loved to read both books, magazines and comics. So when I started to pray for a Christian mission I poured out all of my experiences, dreams and wishes to God and in the end Faith Crafter was born.
I have taken this step in faith and I rely on God to lead the way, but I can’t do all of this alone, I need help in order to succeed on my mission and there is a lot of things, that everyone who likes Faith Crafter can do to help.
Tell us what your expectation are, what would you like to read about, is it merely art & craft or do you also want to read those testimonials stories, articles and interviews that we started out with?
This is a very important point to me as I am not making Faith Crafter for myself, I love to connect, meet people and listen to their stories, I love art & craft, I love to make things and to make Faith Crafter brings me a lot of joy.
Please, send me your idéas, all thoughts, praise and criticism are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org