Imagination is used as a tool to transform scrap items into new artwork
Ribbons, thread, a roll of cloth, glue and a photo can all seem to be useless on their own. However, if these assorted items are put together, a wonderful photo collage is made.
Craft Cru is an organization on campus that is dedicated to anything handmade. Members do their best to be creative, encourage one another and share new ideas. Students get to use their skills to make colorful art, to decorate their dorm rooms or apartments.
It all started in the spring of 2008. Senior computer graphics major and president of Craft Cru Holly Gaskamp had always loved arts and crafts, since she was a child. Gaskamp was given an assignment in which she was to find a blog about something she was interested in. She discovered blogs about little stuffed animals that could be made relatively easy and went to Wal-Mart where she bought a small sewing machine for $20.
“I saved up and bought a real sewing machine and taught myself how to use it with the Internet and YouTube videos,” Gaskamp said. “I loved it so much that I looked into other things I could do and thought how fun it would be to have a club where other people could come and make crafts too. The rest is history.” In the past, the organization has taught people how to sew their own pillows and crochet different designs and images. This semester, Craft their crafts and making them on a budget. Their projects, will include turning old CD cases into collages and teaching members how to make ribbon boards with cardboard and old sweatshirts.
Junior organismal biology major Mike Kroll is vicepresident of Craft Cru.
“What I really like about the group is that we are able to create art through items that many people would either throw away, or not think about using to create something new,” Kroll said, “Crafting also allows people to show their creativity in an incredibly unique and individual way. This way, no two crafts are ever alike.”
Craft Cru meets every other week, on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. in the Shannon Commons. Five meetings are planned this semester, as well as two campus-wide events. Information about the organization is sent out through the group on Facebook. Administrative Assistant Joy Childress became the sponsor. This helps
the group, as it is in the process of becoming an official, on-campus organization.
“They have done a lot of work so far by setting up officers and meetings on their own, and it makes me very
excited about being the sponsor for Craft Cru,” Childress to take items and recycle them into fun items for others to have too.”
Crusaders find the organization an entertaining pastime.
“It is so much fun to watch something that used to be scrap pieces become something pretty or useful and know that you made that,” Senior computer graphics design major Katie Smith said. “I keep coming back to appease my creativity, and it is relaxing to do something that does not require studying or a grade.”