Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Hale and Arty

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Hale and Arty

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This teacher used to suffer from craft-based bigotry, but teaching the subject in the community has helped her to openly embrace her love of glitter and PVA

I'm Currently Teaching functional skills English in a college and working in two community settings with adults who have learning difficulties and disabilities. On my days in the community, I teach arts and crafts as well as drama. I am well qualified in English and performing arts, having spent many years studying and working in both areas, but arts and crafts is a huge swerve for me.

I've been snooty about "crafters" for a long time. I know the exact moment my craft-based bigotry began. It was about a decade ago in the playground of my son's preschool. Some Boden-clad she-bastard told me a) how I would never bond with my boy because I had him by Caesarean, and b) being a mother was her everything, but she also did scrapbooking. I was horrified. It was the first time I'd heard the word "scrapbook" used as a verb.

She went on to boast of her weekly scrapbooking "crop" and how she often spent up to £200 a page. There were so many "What the hell are you on about?" moments in such a short space of time that I became concerned it might be me. Was I having some sort of medical episode, or a good-time related flashback (if you can remember the 90s, you weren't there)?

From that moment on, every time I met someone who identified as a "crafter", I smiled like Wallace and/or Gromit, then slowly backed away for fear of an encounter with another mega-loon. …

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