The Healing Craft Series: Tanisha

Name: Tanisha
25 years old
Instagram: @maia_loveyarn

Facebook: maia_loveyarn

About the series

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

“Crochet showed me how my hands organically moved in sync with my mind. There is a part that I trust so undoubtedly to know it flows without any mental blocks.”

Tanisha, @maia_loveyarn

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

I crochet. Actually, I am an Interior designer, but about 3 years ago, I saw my friend Bita crochet and fell in love with this fascinating form of art and ever since I haven’t been able to leave my hook.

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

I can just about crochet anywhere and at any time of the day. As long as I am conscious and have my hook and yarn, I really don’t care. However, I love crocheting at night because I love how silent it gets, the moon is always beautiful to look at, everyone is sleeping, nobody is bothered. I feel more creative when energies around me are subtle and stress free, also, I can hear my thoughts more clearly once everyone retires, when I can sit by myself without worrying about a thing.

What inspires you (in life & in crafting)?

In design, I love anything that’s retro or vintage – old movies, advertisments, decor, fashion magazines and other talented artists/designers.
In life, I feel the want to create so deeply, like from the womb maybe. I wish to create exquisite things with my hands, not limit myself to that I already know, and be able to see my thoughts, ideas, visions come to life.
But I am not sure if I truly understand what it feels like to be inspired and motivated.

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

Everytime I complete a project, I love working on, whether crochet related or not, I feel more enabled that I am able to bring my ideas to life. It helps reinforce that as long as I can picture something, I will figure a way of carrying it out. Because to me, life is like a complex creative process.
Initially when I began learning, like any new skill, this kept me distracted from what was happening around me or what I was going through. Although, I was feeling a lot of things I’d never experienced before which evoked memories and emotions from the past. Crochet showed me how my hands organically moved in sync with my mind. There is a part that I trust so undoubtedly to know it flows without any mental blocks. I think just being able to find harmony in this aspect of my life made me feel a little less shaken.

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

Keep creating. The truest, most independent moments of content I have experienced were after completing a project. It is not influenced by another persons opinion, touch, energy, it is solely mine, it represents my mind and inner self.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Everything we have been through, takes us one step closer to finding the path that feels more in common with what we really innately want from ourselves or our life. Look at it with the same disappointment one feels when we run out of yarn and don’t know if we’ll be able to finish the project, but finally, we either end up getting the same yarn or find a different unique way of completing it before proudly moving on to the next.

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