Hand­made Equals Made from the Heart

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Ju­dith Everett

“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.”

Ju­dith Everett

Brenda Grim­s­ley hand-stitch­ing a pil­low face.

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