Let's talk about 'handmade'

Handmade - made by hand, not by machine, and typically therefore of superior quality.

I want to take a moment to talk about handmade. On Saturday 2nd April we celebrated National Handmade Day, which is a day to honour, celebrate and recognise handmade craftsmanship and the people who perform such wonderful acts, from baking to pottery to knitting.

These talented creators from around the world hone and master their hobbies, passions, and crafts to make something beautiful and one of a kind.

But I do think there can be a lot of stigma around the word handmade, with many people overlooking the dedication and time that goes into creating something, whether it’s your granny knitting a sweater, a blacksmith forging a sword, or a sculpture bringing clay to life, each one of these people has had to put in the time to learn how to do this task.

It then takes a lot of courage to share what you’ve created with your family, a friend, or event the world. To put something you’ve poured your love into out there for everyone to scrutinise and judge is so much pressure.

I am constantly in awe of the talented and brave people I've met through my LBD journey, and each one of them has inspired me and I am proud to be a part of the handmade community!

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