Craft to Table: Food craft as therapy - Part II

究竟什麼是「食藝療法」?跟數位飲食職人及廚師傾談後,我發現他們都會用工藝及煮食的時間來舒緩生活壓力,所以想出了「食藝療法」這個用語。他們的共同之處都是原先的生活壓力很大,我還以為對他們來說最好的舒壓辦法便是躺在沙發上看電視,什麼也不做。事實卻剛好相反,他們不但回到家中沒有消極地休息,反而花大量時間去造工藝或煮食。工藝及煮食是怎樣治療人心? “Food Craft Therapy” is a term that I created after speaking to a number of food crafters and cooks who told me about how they use craft and cooking as their stress release outlet. Their work life is hectic and stressful, but somehow when they go home, they would spend an enormous amount of time cooking or crafting something that requires intense attention and time. Here I thought, what they wanted is to relax and do nothing after a hectic stressful day. Why not just sit in front of the TV and do nothing?
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Craft to Table: Food craft as therapy - Part II

What is food craft therapy anyway? 

Food Craft Therapy” is a term that I created after speaking to a number of food crafters and cooks who told me about how they use craft and cooking as their stress release outlet. Their work life is hectic and stressful, but somehow when they go home, they would spend an enormous amount of time cooking or crafting something that requires intense attention and time. Here I thought, what they wanted is to relax and do nothing after a hectic stressful day. Why not just sit in front of the TV and do nothing?

Why could food craft be your therapy during difficult times?

Here is what you should know about how “Food Craft Therapy” could help you get through difficult times.

1. It takes time and requires intensive focus 
The process of making takes time. Every step of the way is a step closer to the finished product. When you handcraft something, you usually have to focus on one single task before you can move to the next. The process is slow.


2. It keeps you calm and focused 
The benefits of it is that it forces you to slow down, pace yourself and stay focused until the task is completed. During your crafting moment, your mind is free from distractions and troubling thoughts.


3. It’s rewarding!
​​​​​​The end result is rewarding, because you made it! Yes, there may be some flaws for the first time, but when you do it again. You will get better and you will even farther out to try different designs and add your personal touch to it. The best part? You can use what you made and share it with others.


Meet Angus, the designer and crafter
Angus is an interior designer and bamboo weaving crafter. By chance, he turned an unsatisfied client’s project into his discovery of joy and peace through bamboo crafting. For the client’s project, he was asked to design a set of bamboo furniture for them. The design was approved and both were happy with it, but he could not find a bamboo manufacturer who would be able to produce the furniture with the same level of details within the budget and time as a designer would hope for. As a designer who appreciates craftsmanship and detail, he delivered the bamboo furniture feeling unsatisfied. He thought to himself, “How hard could it be to weave bamboo?” So he decided to try it himself.


From I can do it, to how to do it, to can you teach me how to do it? 

It all started with strips of paper. He first tried to weave with paper strips to learn how to make the basics of pattern making. He then tried to teach himself through books. Except, there weren’t many bamboo weaving books that discuss and illustrate in detail. Luckily, it’s now a lot easier to reach out to experts. He found a bamboo expert craftsman in Taiwan, and started asking him many questions about weaving tools, methods and types of bamboo. With the guidance of the craftsman, he was able to start with the right foot.


Craft to Table 
During this process of going back and forth from asking the Taiwanese Bamboo Craftsman and finding better books in Japan, little did he realise, he was turning into a bamboo craftsman himself. He found joy and peace in making, designing and crafting his own coaster, basket, shoulder bag, chopsticks and even coffee filter for specialty hand drip coffee lovers!


For Agnus, it was this nudge of quality that bothered him so much that he had to figure it out himself. Through it, he found himself at ease, exploring and led him to connect bamboo weaving to the world of food.  This is why, Food Craft Therapy is something he wants to share with others today. His brand, Yiwooo (二回) meaning “repeats”, hopes that more people can enjoy the process of making their own bamboo utensils and be able to appreciate their coffee or food using the utensil they made next time.

Keep reading to learn about how food and craft makers managed to stay focused and on course to reach their goal.

Crafter Agnus

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About Crafter:
AGNUS is an interior designer by day and a self-taught bamboo crafter by night. He started exploring bamboo weaving from an unsatisfying client’s project. It was his search for quality craftsmanship and high level of detail that has led him on a 2 year journey to teaching himself the craft behind Bamboo weaving. He was able to achieve that through countless trials and never ending curiosity. It was this simple repetitive weaving step Yiwooo (二回) that he found joy and peace that he would like to share with others today. Today, he incorporates bamboo weaving craft into everyday eating and drinking utensils such as coasters, chopsticks, baskets and even coffee filter for specialty coffee brewers.

www.yiwooo.co/

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