I stopped in yesterday at a little house in my neighborhood that "takes care" of older people during the day while their families are off at work and school etc. I think there must be about 8 grandmas who come on a fairly regular basis. The "center" was having their Culture Day which means they were displaying the arts and crafts that some of the grandmas have been making and I was just amazed at all the things! Gee! I wish I were old enough to join their class and learn some of their crafts! They very proudly showed me the patchwork they had sewn, the baskets they had woven, the flip-flop slippers that they had made. Really amazing what some of these people at age 80 and 90 can do!
The teacher just seems to borrow books from the library, basically learn the craft by book and then supplies the materials and gives hands-on instructions. She said some of the people are so gung-ho and fast that they run out of supplies before the end of the day is out! I love the slippers. I saw the process being done, but I sure wouldn't be able to make one of these without a lot of trial and error!
The grandmas very nicely gave me a couple of the baskets that they made out of a bamboo sieve and Japanese paper. The paper is from an old account book (found at an antique shop) written nearly 80 years ago by brush and charcoal, and cut up and applied like paper-mache to the sieve and then stained in persimmon juice! It looks like some very expensive antique yet the grandmas just make them in their spare time!
What inspiration! Ah! I hope when I'm 90 I'm still working with my hands and being creative!