Who hasn’t heard of DMC threads? Their threads and yarns were especially popular back in the 90s when everyone had their hands busy with cross-stitching and other craft projects. Nowadays, however, craft-making has become more rare, with other activities keeping us preoccupied and busy. This is why DMC has created an initiative called the DMC Handcrafted, a craft fair with the main objective of bringing back the interest and joy in crafting and creating.
The DMC Handcrafted craft fair is set to happen from January 30 to February 1 at the Century City Mall Event Center. The event is free for all and everyone is welcome to join in on the fun and creativity. Expect a lot of handcrafted pieces available for purchase. The event will also allow you to whip up your own creative little projects, as DMC’s partner crafters will be there to hold workshops for those who want to learn new skills.
A few days ago, I was able to meet six out of the seven DMC Partner Crafters, and provided inspiring stories not only about how they got started with crafting, but also how they continued to persevere, even after leaving their day jobs and secure posts in the corporate world. Cebu-based Karla Quimsing was previously a teacher, but is now working as a copywriter for Life at Caresharing. On the side, she owns Damgo, which is Bisaya for dream, an online store offering colorfully handcrafted dream catchers. Candy Reyes-Alipio is a production designer by day, and a passionate knitter for life. She doesn’t only knit for herself, as she is also the creative mind behind Knitting Expedition, an initiative aiming to teach the locals of Mt. Pulag the basics of creating knitted products. Founder of CraftMNL, Marielle Nadal-Reyes has been busy not only with the popular crafts studio in Makati, but also with her own online store called Yellow Bug Love, where she sells her handcrafted wedding decors and favors.
With a generation obsessed with instant gratification, crafts have taken a backseat in our list of activity choices and priorities. Crafts really do take time and effort. This is exactly why they make the best gifts, because the time and effort poured into a handicraft will always be priceless. If you’re thinking of taking up a new hobby for 2015, this might just be it! Book the last weekend of January for the DMC Handcrafted craft fair. Make new friends and learn new skills from the fair. Who knows, you might just discover a master crafter in you.-HANA