Handmade Equals Made from the Heart
“When Brenda Grimsley moved to Utah from Louisiana, she brought with her a love of handiwork, a friendliness for people, and a gentle Southern accent. They all combine when she creates her stitched pillows and other gifts. “I love to find just the right colors and buttons that people like,” she says.
As time goes on, it gets harder for Brenda to work with her hands. “But I can’t give up my crafts,” she says. “I just love my crafts!”
That’s what it boils down to for most crafters. They love what they do, and they love sharing it. The market for handmade items has drastically decreased since Chinese imports and factory-made items have become so cheap. Hand-crafters can’t be motivated by profit, since it’s so hard to put a price on their skills.
“It’s nice to create gifts for people,” says Sharon Lape, who has crocheted for years. “People don’t make things by hand as much anymore, so it’s more special to get something handmade.”
Sharon and her friend Wanda Wilhelmsen crochet together. Though Wanda started crocheting only three or four years ago, it gives her a deep sense of fulfillment. “It is very satisfying to create something, to have something to show for your work.”
People don’t often realize just how much work goes into a handcrafted item. It can take hundreds of hours for Karl Hale to create one of his kinetic wood sculptures, but he just loves peoples’ reactions to them. “I like to make people wonder how it was done,” he says. His kinetic wood sculptures, which are fine art marble runs, are designed to engage both right and left-brained people, engineers and artists alike. But more than that, his work is cooperative. “My art isn’t complete until it has been interacted with,” he says.
There is so much more to a handmade item than meets the eye. The history, the hard work, the love behind something handmade makes it worth creating, and worth giving.
Brenda Grimsley, Sharon Lape, Wanda Wilhelmsen, and Karl Hale, along with many other local crafters, will be displaying and selling their handmade items at the Mapleton Country Christmas Boutique, held Friday, December 5, 2-8 pm, and Saturday, December 6, 10 am-4 pm, at Mapleton Memorial Hall, 90 E Maple Street, Mapleton.”
Brenda Grimsley hand-stitching a pillow face.