We live in an age where more and more of what we do is handled by computers or other devices. These days, the vast majority of jobs involve sitting at a desk and typing away and when we get home we will often sit in front of the television and just ‘veg’ while we watch our favorite shows.
As a result, our lives are becoming less and less physical. Sure, it’s a good thing that technology can do so much of our work for us and make life so much easier in numerous ways – but it’s not a good thing if it means that we become vegetables or blobs that hardly move unless there’s a house fire…
Fortunately though, it seems that technology isn’t only having that effect. In many ways you see, technology is actually making us more hands-on. It’s a strange turnaround, but there’s a huge ‘maker’ community on the web and it seems that the idea of crafting things from hand is gradually becoming more and more mainstream. What’s going on?
How Technology Created the Maker Community
Of course there have always been people who like doing DIY and coming up with imaginative solutions to problems, but it wasn’t until recently that the term ‘maker’ was coined, or that it became actually quite common to build your own set of shelves or chest of drawers.
But actually, it makes perfect sense when you think about it, that this move towards making things should be born of a digital age. For starters, the fact that we now spend so much time sitting down typing actually makes us more inclined to want to do something physical when we get home. We spend so much time working on ‘digital’ things and abstract concepts, that of course we would appreciate the break that comes from getting to actually make something with our own bare hands.
At the same time, the web has helped to spread these ideas and provide us with inspiration and ideas when it comes to crafting. Head over to Pinterest and you will see thousands of people who have come up with unique ways to decorate their home, or who have otherwise done something interesting with their physical skill. YouTube meanwhile gives us the knowhow that we otherwise would have lacked. Want to know how to sand something down? Then YouTube probably has the answer!
Finally, technology also gives us the tools to make things ourselves. 3D printers are amazing, but even more than that, online shopping means that you can easily get sent to your home. In the past you’d have had to brave a store and let on that you don’t know what you’re talking about!
How to Get Started
If you’re starting to like the idea of making things yourself, of understanding how things work and of becoming a ‘maker’, then how do you go about getting involved?
The trick is to get over the initial fear of working with tools or building your own items. At first you probably aren’t going to be brilliant, but remember that it’s a learning curve and that you will get better. More importantly, try starting with something relatively easy. Don’t make it your mission to make your own bed, but instead try making just a small ornament for your garden, or perhaps a box to go on your desk. Start easy and you’ll have less fear about jumping in.
Once you know what it is you’re going to make, order some basic tools and materials and find a space where you can work undisturbed. Watch some videos on YouTube, ask any friends who might be practical in that way and then just give it a go!
Author Bio: Warren Brown is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Warren has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.