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The Road to Craftship.

Chrome adverts make it look so easy.

THE INTERNET IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT, BUT 100 BILLION PEOPLE ARE MAKING IT TOO SO THE ODDS OF BEING ORIGINAL ARE PRETTY SLIM.

So today I went to Winchester with my mum. It was a lovely day and despite the weather we managed to get round most of the stalls there. For those of you not local, on the third Sunday of every month, Winchester high street plays host to homemade crafts and vintage bits and bobs. The general atmosphere is buzzing, busting with diversity (of age, not class) and some really lovely things. From the market I bought a new cushion cover from a lovely woman who specialises in patch work. She imports her material from the U.S and Australia to make some truly beautiful and unique items. Unfortunately, my mum (who paid for the cover) says I can’t have it until Christmas so I must keep you all in suspense until I can upload a photo.

After chatting to some of the stall owners, it was clear that these people make time around their lives for their beloved hobbies. Most of these stalls sell original items, entirely juxtaposed by the looming walls of the high street shops, selling similar items for three times the price. The vintage today has changed from something original and historical to mass-produced, poorly-made-with-no-sentimental-value-at-all-crap. Yes, crap.

We’re all guilty though, Primark does some lovely peter pan collars and brown faux-leather satchels that are (not literally) to die for. Of course, these are allegedly made by children with no futures so do remember that. We’ve been nurtured into a corporate living situation, sprinkled with post-colonial denial. Is there any way to stop this? Not really. We’re too lazy to change.

But I will say that if you have a talent for craft, if you love making things, take the time to do more. Take pride in your own creations and don’t look for completion in a shop window, it will never be there.

P.S: Tartan is back.

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