Image: Dots and dashes cut and burned into wood to create a loom's heddle

Image: Dots and dashes cut and burned into wood to create a loom's heddle

Why would anyone, besides enthusiasts, want to go back to ancient, outdated handmade practices?

Craftiness fuels creativity, which can be used in any field.

Today, we are bombarded by signs and symbols which are a compilation of advances throughout history - everything we have learned and done up until now.  The first manmade shapes and colors had power. We take for granted the variety of colors today. If certain colors in the past were not readily available or accessible locally people were never exposed to them. However, when they were the impression they made was great.

In modern-day society, advertisers vie for the customer's attention. Educators try to lure learners to their subject matter. What will make a lasting impression? 

The logos and jingles that resonate with visitors the most may be spin-offs of symbols and tunes that have survived the test of time, imbued with certain shapes, colors and sounds.

In an increasingly digital age, we crave tactility. There are certain products and services that cannot be sold or done well yet online. We want to see the true color, texture and shape/size of certain products. Visitors want to experience what a service really offers. Presentation is everything.

Crafty Scribe began as a writer's exploration of scribal tendencies through the ages: from ancient times up to the current digitized day. It's difficult to imagine a time when manmade signs, tools and products were scarce- when the machines that do so much for us today were inexistent- the ancients relying on local, nature-made resources and making everything by hand.

Crafty Scribe started with burning wood. Runes carved into birch rounds as a writer explored nordic mythology and to help flesh out a character in A Wandering Mind: Scribe. Pigment was created by blackening pine, which was made into ink and then tested on Egyptian papyrus, Mayan hu'un paper, and aged parchment using wood, glass and metal-nibbed pens. Binders were made from scratch using gum arabic and copal. That expanded to creating wax seals and all the accessories. Crafty Scribe's product line focuses on these areas: Carve a Niche (woodworking), Wax Poetic (wax-related products), Scribe's Ink (pigments, inks, paints, pens), Kilnin' It (ceramic scribal tools) and Fine Threads (weaving, journal & book covers). Her hands-on techniques are presented in DIY videos