I, CULTURE Warsaw Volunteers Talk Crafts
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Project founder Monika Jakubiak and 17 I, CULTURE volunteers bustled around the courtyard of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute on Museum Night in Warsaw on May 14, 2011. Here is some of the feedback from those volunteers on their experience participating in the I, CULTURE Contemporary Craft Workshop.
Volunteers at work
Project founder Monika Jakubiak and 17 I, CULTURE volunteers bustled around the courtyard of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute on Museum Night in Warsaw on May 14, 2011. Here is some of the feedback from those volunteers on their experience participating in the I, CULTURE Contemporary Craft Workshop
I never thought that I would use a sewing machine. I used to watch my grandmother when she sewed, but it didn’t really interest me. Up until now - I signed up for the workshops, sat down in front of the sewing machine and got started. I called my parents after the first day of workshops, asking them to find out for me if anyone in our family might have a machine. I really got in to it. I can create something for myself, something unique. That’s what art is about. I also never considered pondering over the work of craftsmen, not to mention observing it closely. Their incredibly interesting stories and experiences made reflect upon their devotion and their lives. Many new experiences and great fun!
"I, CULTURE" - that's exactly it. Though perhaps I’d better say "culture and me"? I was never interested in the input that anonymous individuals brought to culture. I just wanted to be a part of this broadly understood term, and that is what I concentrated on. But during these workshops I ran into magical and moving stories of craftsmen. They had their time of glory, but now they seem to have found themselves passing a lonely time in their studios. Why? I don’t know. Perhaps it’s because we desire so strongly to be modern and we neglect this beautiful tradition of craftsmanship. The workshops have taught me humility and respect for the work of a craftsman. I used to take if for granted until I sat by a sewing machine and… I fell in love! I love the sound the machine makes, the tranquility and concentration that I experience during work and most importantly, the explosion of creativity that I feel when I find myself in a room full of cloth, thread and buttons. I was able to make a bag and a stuffed animal in the shape of a whale – and I’m not planning on stopping there.
I think the finale of our workshops exceeded my expectations. Many people were interested in what we did, and as they came to watch and I was able to show them what I learned. It’s a really building experience. If I was to sign up for the workshops again, I wouldn’t hesitate. I think that everyone should have a chance to take part in such an event, and meet so many great people. I wish luck to all the next teams taking part in our project.
For me the encounter with a sewing machine was a great experience and an adventure that I’ll never forget. I am incredibly happy that I was able to take part in this project. Not so long ago, I had no interest in the crafts whatsoever. I would never have the idea to simply go into some workshop studio and listen to the stories of tailors or shoemakers. I fell in love with sewing. I’m setting off my machine and beginning to sew this summer!
It all started so innocently. My sister showed me an ad in the paper and said “Look, there’s something for you. A meeting with a fashion designer and sewing clothes. You just have to go to the meeting.” I thought to myself, why not? I was a little disoriented after the first meeting, I was not sure what it was all about. But I think that the way Monika and Ula spoke about the project persuaded me. They were so excited. You could tell that it is a great pleasure for them and that they really believe in it. After the following meetings, I also began to feel animated. I spoke to my friends and family. I really didn’t expect that I’d love creating and embellishing clothes so much. The biggest satisfaction for me was that people really like the shirt that I made, and all these questions like "Excuse me, can I take a photo please?". I didn’t expect such a huge turnout at the finale.
Source: Adam Mickiewicz Institute