The Healing Craft Series: Daria

Name: Daria
17 years old

About the series

The Healing Craft Series features creators sharing their thoughts and feelings on crafting and healing through crafting.

“I’ve got four of my best friends […] who all are strong, young women knowing their value, knowing what they want and going for it. They give me the energy to do all of my work.”

Daria, @sznurki_

What kind of craft do you do and how long have you been doing it for?

I do both crochet and knitting, but I’m totally in love with crochet and I’ve been doing it since primary school, when my grandmother taught me. My little sister was born that time, I wanted to make her some toys to play with.
I’ve had a long break and actually when lockdown started I decided to give it another chance, this time not toys, but clothes! So I’m quite new in the insta crochet world and I have a lot of pieces done but no time to take photos of them.

What is your favourite place/time of day to craft and why?

I don’t have one specific favourite place to craft, but I’m keen on doing it outside if the weather is good enough and I love to crochet in my bed while listening to audiobooks!

What inspires you (in life & in crafting)?

In life the thing that mostly inspire me are people. I’ve got four of my best friends (three of them you’ll soon see on my insta because we’re making a autumn photoshoot for my hats!) who all are strong, young women knowing their value, knowing what they want and going for it. They give me the energy to do all of my work. Also my boyfriend is a person I can always trust and count on.

In crafting nature inspires me the most. I love to craft on a meadow surrounded by wild grass and flowers.

How has/is crafting helping you and your mental health?

I started crocheting while I was ending my therapy after two years. It was one of my last sessions when my therapist told me to try to remind myself what were the things I most enjoyed as a kid. That moment I thought of crafting toys with my granny and decided to come back to it but this time on a higher level, so I opened an insta shop! My therapist told me that I need to somehow express my creativity so I had another argument for it.

What is your advice to other creators (or newly started creators)?

To every creator, whether new or experienced I’d give an advise to engage. In the insta community, look for other makers, comment their posts, talk to them, you can learn a lot from those who are already successful. And if you are the one who is, help others! You’ve got the power to motivate newly started creators, give them a shout-out, show them a bit of attention and empathy so they can feel confident with what they do and grow.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I want to thank you for your time making these interviews! I love to read them!

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