In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic crisis, grass root volunteer groups are popping up all over the world. If you are in the southern California San Diego county area, there are three particular groups that are highly active and sharing information to support our communities.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?”
This group was started by Adriana who noticed that people are having a hard time keeping up with the new life dynamics as well as where to find local resources and volunteer opportunities in San Diego. We’ve put together a comprehensive San Diego Resources and Volunteer Opportunities document right here.
Two dedicated volunteer groups are focusing on sewing masks for healthcare workers, immunosuppressed patients, hospital works, and more people in the San Diego community.
Local fabric boutiques like Olga’s Closet and BOHO Fabrics have stepped up with FREE supplies for people who can sew to get started. Even big box retailer Joann’s is contributing to the mask making efforts.
Are you ready to get started with mask making?
Gather your sewing supplies. You will need the following:
2 pieces of 9 inch squares made of tightly woven 100% cotton per mask
8 inch elastic per mask
sewing machine (optional if you plan on hand stitching)
On a sunny Saturday morning outside Liberty Station’s Cafe Mingei shop, you can hear rhythmic whacks and taps through the windows.
“I loved this class so much. You were very informative about the leather, tools, and procedures. The best part is I have a leather book which was handmade by ME! THANK YOU for teaching and Mingei Museum for hosting.”
“At Mingei you’ll find an inviting, fresh and always engaging look at a diverse range of thoughtfully designed, carefully crafted and passionately made objects from around the world, created by artists and craftspeople for everyday use.” from Mingei’s website.
We were honored to be invited to host a leather stamping workshop with Mingei members and community patrons. Our students spent a couple hours learning about leather and different techniques on how to tool leather with stamps and swivel knives. Everyone made a leather-bound journal that they personalized and hand stitched together. Time went by quickly and before we knew it the workshop was over!
We loved having the chance to work with Mingei and we’d jump at a chance to work with them again. Our visions are similar, share the joy of “making, by hand, useful objects of timeless beauty that are satisfying to the human spirit.” Thank you, Mingei for inviting Extraordinary Kits to share the power of using craft as therapy and bring appreciation for locally handcrafted goods to the San Diego community.
Finding time to learn something new can be uncomfortable because it forces you to put yourself out there as a beginner again.
You’ll make mistakes.
You’ll get stuck.
You may not know whether the ROI of learning a new skill is worth it.
But get this: learning something entirely new, without the pressure of it being directly correlated to our career, can refresh your mind and help you solve problems creatively.
Together with San Diego Craft Collective (https://sandiegocraft.org), we wholeheartedly believe that skilled hands create healthy minds and happy people. San Diego Craft Collective is a 501c3 nonprofit that is dedicated to being a resource for learning craft in the San Diego community. Their founder Steffanie Dotson says,
“Learning craft builds confidence. San Diego Craft Collective offers classes that range from beginner all the way up to museum-quality level. Craft is power. Literally, craft means power in many languages!”
We highly recommend to check out their new space in Point Loma Liberty Station where they’re setting up woodworking spaces and craft classes for the community.
If you’re looking for a new skill to learn, come try our beginner leather crafting workshop on Sunday 9/15 morning at San Diego Craft Collective, and go home with a finished cardholder in a couple of hours!