You Don’t Have to “Do-It-Yourself”

New Club Looks To Share the Art of Crafting

Caroline Lee

Staff Writer

    In its first year, the Do-It-Yourself Club (DIY) plans to use its club to bring students together in the name of crafts.

    DIY was started by junior Jessica Tin, who currently serves as the club’s first president.  She and other students, each with their own personal craft-making projects, noticed a deficiency in arts and crafts activities around the school, and wanted to fix that.

    “I wanted to let more people know what crafts are like because they are sometimes obscure and hard to find,” Tin said.  “ I wanted to find people who do the same things and teach them crafts.”

    When asked about a distinguishing feature of the club, senior and club secretary Kristina Kong noted the variety of skills and crafts the club has to offer.

    “What’s interesting [about the club] is that all of the officers do our own crafts,” senior and club secretary Kristina Kong said.  “Sophia [Li] crochets, Jessica [Tin] crochets, sews, and a bunch of different things, and I do clay and bejeweling.”

At DIY’s first meeting at lunch on October 24, 2013, officers Sophia Li (12), Christine Ou (11), Kristina Kong (12), and Jessica Tin (11) introduce themselves and their Halloween contest.  Members could participate in the activity by submitting pictures of any Halloween-themed crafts or costumes.  The entries were judged on creativity and execution and the winner received a prize.  PC: Caroline Lee
At DIY’s first meeting at lunch on October 24, 2013, officers Sophia Li (12), Christine Ou (11), Kristina Kong (12), and Jessica Tin (11) introduce themselves and their Halloween contest. Members could participate in the activity by submitting pictures of any Halloween-themed crafts or costumes. The entries were judged on creativity and execution and the winner received a prize. PC: Caroline Lee

    “Although we didn’t get a lot of sales, a lot of people came to see what we made even if they didn’t buy anything,” Kong said.  “A lot more people know about our club.  At Rush Week, they didn’t really know what we did, what DIY stands for, but now they know we make crafts.”

    As for their upcoming intentions, this year DIY plans to focus on working with their members and using their crafts to help the community.

    “I plan to teach people to crochet because it’s very universal,” Tin said.  “I read about Project Linus, where people hand tie blankets and they give it to people in need.  I think it is a good way to use our club.”

    To those who are still unsure about joining or considering it, the officers are welcoming, insisting that experience is not necessary.

    “You don’t have to know how to do crafts–we can teach you,” Kong said.

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