noun: craft; plural noun: crafts
1. an activity involving skill in making things by hand.
2. work or object made by hand.
3. skill in carrying out one’s work.
verb: craft; 3rd person present: crafts; past tense: crafted; past participle: crafted; gerund or present participle: crafting
1. exercised skill in making (something).
When I was younger I was always in between a Final Fantasy game, caught up in the Artemis Fowl Series, trekking through the Chronicles of Narnia, or enraptured with The Neverending Story. Magic was such an integral part of my childhood experience. As I've aged, I'm still fascinated by the idea of magic but sadly it doesn't hold the same meaning to me anymore. When I'm caught in those long stretches of doldrums that we call reality, I try and make magic a daily part of my life. I'm always trying to figure out how to keep things fun & mystical.
I've been thinking a lot about the word craft. Most of what we do here at W&W is deemed as craft – so this idea of utilitarian and artistic craft is always on my mind. However, recently, I've been researching more about witchcraft after we had Jess Schreibstein (@thekitchenwitch) over to the studio about a month and a half ago. We dyed fabrics together and talked about how we all got into doing the work that we are doing. She is a really wonderful being & a great herbalist too, it was so nice having her light in our studio.
We talked pretty lengthy on the word craft. As makers, Claire & I had one way of defining it, while Jess - a self prescribed witch - had another. What took me by surprise, though, was how similar the ideas behind our different crafts are. Natural dyes require a great deal of intention & knowledge – some may call this chemistry. For instance, using madder root, you have to know what temperature you are going to keep you dye bath at, what the pH level will be, and what kinds of extra minerals are floating around in the water. That way you can achieve the color you are seeking. Herbal remedies are filled with similar intent - you have to know which plants are going into your batch to gain the healing properties you want.
So this begs the question: is craft magic? I have an inclination to believe so. I've found myself recently using those words interchangeably. Isn’t all that we do just full of intention and purpose? Magic is just bringing things into reality by consistent thought and goal making. Spells are thoughts put into words to make them more tangible. Creating a dye bath is understanding the innate dye chemicals in a dye stuff and making decisions to make the color tangible. There is no magic wand - you are the magic wand. You make those intentions reality.
What do you all think of magic? How do you keep your mysticism alive?
With love & beauty,
Posted on a Waning Crescent