Arts and Crafts



I’m curious how others have used art related hobbies and pursuits, either intentionally or unintentionally to help them function in the world. Or did anyone just fall into art?

Personally I’ve always been creative. I was drawing constantly in school, and when I got to college I decided to pursue it more. I became an art minor. Mainly interested in drawing, and then I discovered oil paint. I fell in love with oil painting. I love the colors and textures. I still draw and paint today, I want to do it more, and to continue to pursue it. Oil pastels are fun as well.

I wonder if anyone else here does anything artistic, either in the art world or the craft world. I don’t think I could ever give it up.


I teach art to autistic/ADHD kids :slight_smile: Best job in the world.


My actual degree is in illustration. I do graphic design on the side now. I also love oil painting. I love mixing colors.


My favourite subjects in school were always the creative and hands-on courses; arts, music, wood working, sewing, home economics, that kinda stuff. Now I’ve got a degree in music and still love painting, knitting/crocheting, wood works etc. rarely justify myself the time to work on these things that I love doing though…, :confused: need to get a job first… haha


I’ve always loved drawing comics and cartoons but I struggle with making regular time for the habit.


one million hearts to you :slight_smile:
I teach art a couple of days a week to 16-20 year olds who are out of the system for one reason or another. They’re my wildlings, I love them, they’re brilliant


Im a designer-maker by trade and I also draw/illustrate/make art installations/ embroider/sew/knit and craft like theres no tomorrow. I’ve always done all those things, they keep me sane earn me money and give me purpose. If you’re an artist you need to make art, its not something you do, its part of the person you are :slight_smile:


I just started art therapy


I have considered getting my masters in Art Therapy. The biggest problem is that although we have 2 of the top schools in the country for Art Therapy in Chicago, they’re also the most expensive. 4 times the cost of other programs. Not sure I’m ok racking up that much debt.


I’m a ceramic artist. In fact this month, a year ago I quit my full time job to pursue ceramics full time. Looking back I don’t think I would have made it through high school and college without pursuing art, I have a bachelor’s of fine arts degree.


Here are two things I’ve done in art therapy in the last two weeks. I agree with others in it that feeling all the textures does help with anxiety


Second one I was wierd and wanted to go with abstract thing for Xmas…


I getting back into it. Feels like starting all over, I’m not good like was at it. That’s frustrating but when I learn to let it go, that’s when I feel the zen and that’s when I start feeling a flow and I start seeing myself improve a little or not but at least I’m enjoying myself


So, I’ve recently been pretty successful at writing fiction of all things. Once I figured how why I have trouble reading (unless I’m super interested in what’s on the page) I started writing science fiction.

I’m writing a continuing serial involving an over abundance of characters arriving on the planet Oz and gaining super powers who have apparently been summoned to help against a coming inter dimensional invasion.

I’m on chapter 10 of that.

I’m also writing a space opera novel involving 3 androids have interstellar adventures. I’m on chapter 4 of that.


My latest pieces, a gift for my mom’s new kitchen on her birthday.