Employers are good at providing information, suggestion and incentives for their employees to take care of their physical health. Guidelines on eating right, exercise routines, etc. Insurance companies even offer premium discounts for participation in company sponsored fitness programs or showing that you don’t smoke. What about mental wellness? Crafting and other forms of creative expression are proving to have a major impact on ones recovery from the stress of people’s job and daily life.
A recent study by San Francisco State University organizational psychologist Kevin Eschleman published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology showed that expression also helped improve job performance beyond your traditional forms of recovery. “It can be rare in research to find that what we do in our personal time is related to our behaviors in the workplace, and not just how we feel,” Eschleman said.
If employers can incorporate a mechanism to address mental wellness through creative expression as they do for physical wellness we are looking at a happier and more productive workforce. I would bet we’d see a rise in the degree of innovative output employees are producing as well.
If you’re looking for ideas on creative expression activities for your employees just contact us at the Craft & Hobby Association. We can connect you with right people to help take your employees to the next level.
By Graphic 45
Happy Monday, G45ers! Are you ready for a new week of inspiration, fun, new projects, featured artists, and more? We sure are! Today, we are sharing with you our fun summer events coming up in the next month. We have been kitting classes, getting ready, and most of all feeling excited for all of the fun events coming up!
July 29-31, Graphic 45 will be in Atlanta at the CHA 2014 Paper Arts Show. Another great wholesale buying event where your favorite LSS will be purchasing new collections from us and many other great companies. There will also be a fabulous workshop there and a great time to catch up with our wonderful stores!
It’s going to be a fantastic summer! We hope to see many of our store owners there!
Click HERE to register today for the CHA 2014 Paper Arts Show – July 29-31 in Atlanta, GA
Click here to register: http://buff.ly/1kFTSDM
Kept Creations, owned by Kim Parkinson in Whitman, MA, recently joined CHA, having only been in business for a few months. Kim heard about the CRE8TIME Movement and the call for support from CHA Members. The message resonated with them on a personal level and they decided they HAD to support in some way!
On May 4th, they held a FREE Mail-Art CRE8TIME Social Event. The event was hosted by Mandy Fariello, in order to build awareness of Mail-Art and celebrate creativity with CRE8TIME. Mail art (also known as postal art), is visual art pieces sent by mail. Mail-Art can be anything that you send to friends, relatives or even to others that just want to receive art.
During the Mail-Art Social, Mandy had CRE8TIME signage posted around the store and large pieces of paper that participants contributed art to. The Collaborative Art is what you see acclaimed artist, Catherine Matthews-Scanlon, working on. As a finishing touch, after the social the participants received a piece of the project in the mail. What a great reminder to CRE8TIME every day!
Be sure to CRE8TIME on Saturday, June 1st from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, for an encore of Kept Creations FREE DeNami Designs Make-N-Take CRE8TIME Event at the Kept Creations store.
The address is:
15 South Avenue
Whitman, MA 02382
For more information about this, and much more, Kept Creations art news, check out their website at: www.KeptCreations.com.
Last month, Andrej Suskavcevic, President and CEO of the Craft & Hobby Association, shared with us how he recently came down with the passion for crafting bug. It has been going around the CHA offices lately. What better way to show you his progress than a video update?
Let Andrej know what he should create next! Comment here on our blog or visit us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/craftandhobby and tell us!
Check back next month to see what craft Andrej goes with.
by Andrej Suskavcevic, president and CEO, Craft & Hobby Association
Crafting is cool. Period. End of sentence. When I came into this industry the extent of my crafting was helping my kids with school projects or being part of their experience on weekends. Having been part of this wonderful industry over the last year I have gotten to know many people and watch how the passion of crafting spreads. It’s infectious and well, I got the bug. Let’s be clear, I’m not doing this because it’s part of my job. I am doing this for the following reasons:
- It’s fun!
- It’s meditative
- It builds bonds with family and friends
When you sponsor a workshop or present at a CHA Conference you:
– Directly impact hundreds of companies with your message
– Build credibility within the creative industry
– Increase exposure for your business and services