Brittany Broas attributes her family to being the influence behind her craftiness. When we caught up recently we discussed what impact this has had on her life.
Brittany is a talented jewelry artist and textile designer who shares her creations through her business The Home Ground.
The encouragement to follow her creative pursuits that she received as a child led her to study at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit. She began in Photography and then switched to the Textiles program, from which she graduated last May.
Brittany’s mother has a degree in ceramics and worked designing textiles for a furniture company for many years, so explaining her decision to go to art school was easier for Brittany than it can be for some people. She has always been around creating and wouldn’t have it any other way.
The loom which she received as her graduation present has allowed Brittany to begin to use her textiles degree in her business and to take using natural materials to a new level. Everything she creates has a natural element.
Her motto for The Home Ground is: Keep it simple, keep it natural.
Creating is a powerful influence on our lives. It gives us that ‘wow, I made this!’ moment that only a maker can feel. Brittany described that feeling in a way that really sums it up: ‘Oh really, that was me?!’ It’s not only that feeling of accomplishment but that realization that this thing wouldn’t exist with out you.
It’s what draws so many of us closer to handmade. That connection that a buyer and a maker share through the item that was made. The attention and care create a bond that you will never get through mass-produced items.
The process of handmaking gives objects meaning
It is that bond and the experiment of seeing how the natural materials work together that drives Brittany’s love of creating. While creating, as she does now, is mainly a solo endeavor, that community of creating different things in the same space is the one thing that she misses most from art school.
Creating becomes such an important part of our lives that it forms the way we see the world. We crave the bond that it brings and the feeling that we are shaping our future.
As I see it, we as creators have the ability to make our mark on the world. To leave our message.
Do you feel that way, too?