Recently, I went to a craft fair called “Bust Craftacular” which was held in Bethnal Green in East London. It was like entering a whole new world for me. Usually I don’t really experience these craft fairs because generally I have never really focused my attention in that subculture and back in my country there aren’t many of this type of events happening. I have always wondered why people really enjoyed physically holding craft objects until I actually integrated myself into this vibe of a whole new passionate and warm creative community. Many of the objects are very small and detailed; it was not this that took my eye at first. Rather, touching and feeling these objects and being able to look at them up close was what inspired me to continue looking, at which point the detail of the objects became more important.
Walking past one booth, I observed people selling unique soap and candles. This soap is made of tea flavours and the candles are varied from all sorts of different odors. As I was interested in the smells and the freshness of these objects, I asked further questions about how they were created. As they were explaining to me, I could sense their passion in doing what they do and in their business. They told me it was like cooking, but, instead of tasting it, you just had to “smaste” it (smell and taste). Of course, I knew they wouldn’t tell me their secret techniques as different craft companies and individuals have their own little secret recipe or steps that they should keep to themselves to preserve their unique selling points.