5 Reasons Why I’m an Assembler (part 4)

Reason #2 – There’s a chance I could get better at crafting

One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 was to become craft-abled.  There aren’t really any encouraging signs at the moment that I’m going to make that happen this year, but it was nice to think that it could happen.

What would it be like, how would I navigate the world if I suddenly could…..paint something without getting myself, the floor, and everything else completely covered in paint.  Watching Assemble’s Board Secretary Emily Rice deftly stand on a ladder, swiftly move a brush across the top of a wall without spilling a drop of paint on her clothing or the floor during Assemble’s recent renovation was awe inspiring to me.  Though clad in overalls, work boots, and a painter’s cap, I managed to take twice as long to do my painting task near the bottom of the wall because I had to stop so many times to wipe up the paint globs on the floor.  And forget about doing anything on a ladder. I get dizzy.

What would it be like if I could actually make a piece of wearable jewelry at one of Assemble’s LED workshops instead of fumbling with wire, felt, and tape and making a giant ball of wire, felt, and tape stuck together? I would have a completely different experience of myself and of a lot of other things in life too.  The world is a different place for people who can craft.

When I see 6, 7, and 8 year old kids grab a bunch of duct tape, wire, soda bottles, and markers and make bracelets, necklaces, pins, and other accessories without effort or strain,  I am just stunned.  I don’t related to those materials in the same way. Where are the instructions? The directions? What’s the concept here? What are we trying to do with  all of this?  These are the questions I have.

But what if I didn’t think that way? What would it be like to go through the world and see every scrap and leftover as something waiting to become something else? To be able to move objects into new forms and presentations? To view everything as being on the verge of its next  performance?

This is a very useful perspective to have and one that I am learning to have from other Assemblers.





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