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The Makers of Craftsy: Meet Brian

The Craftsy team is chock full of makers just like you! Over the next few weeks we’ll be highlighting the people who spend some of their time at Craftsy headquarters and plenty of time at their craft.

Brian, a member of our Customer Support team, found his passion for photography in high school when he found that this creative outlet conveniently aligned with almost all aspects of his life. He has barely put down the camera since.

Brian Crawford at Craftsy

He finds inspiration in everyday life — whether it’s a person he passes on the street, his rambunctious yet lovable dog, or a storm hanging over Colorado’s mountainous horizon, Brian wants to capture it.

Starting out, Brian was fascinated with film photography. “When I used to use film, I loved the quiet, concentrated time I spent in the darkroom, developing pictures,” Brian says. “It gave me a place to quietly reflect on the photos I was developing, and watch them literally appear out of nowhere on the page.”

As we see happen with any craft, Brian’s relationship with photography has evolved and taken many different shapes. More recently, he’s explored digital photography, which has helped him discover a limitless number of subjects for his photographs.

“My favorite part about photography, especially with modern digital photography, is the fact you don’t need a dedicated workspace,” he says. “I can go on a hike into the mountains with just my camera, and work on my craft as much as I want — or until the batteries run out!”

Brian Crawford Looking Through Camera

His passion allows him to create stunning photographs and memories, too, as he’s snapping his next masterpiece. “There are a few photos that can take me back to the time I took them, with just a glance. Seeing a photo of my dogs, or my wife, or even a sporting event, and being transported back to the time when I clicked the shutter genuinely makes me happy,” Brian says. That’s why he keeps taking photos: “So I don’t have to choose to remember one moment, I can use them to remember as many as I want.”

What memories have you made in your crafting experience? Tell us in the comments below, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (@BeCraftsy) for more makers’ stories like this one!

10 Comments

Victoria

Developing film! I definitely know how he feels. It kinda makes me wish I’d never lost my film camera. I have some sort of 1940s Kodak camera that belonged to my grandmother that I wanted to use but I discovered they stop making the film that fits it in the 90s.

Digging the laptop decal. I love spacescapes too, even painted a few.

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Marion Scott-Baker

Please can we have some classes dedicated to working with Husqvarna/pfaff software. You have covered Bernina but that leaves a lot of us out here with no support. The great thing about Craftsy classes and I have loads is that you can keep going back which is essential for software. Although you can learn things i a class, it is easy to forget if you do not practise and so many sewers are older women who do not find software intuitive. Please help people like me!

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Veggy

Nice to meet you Brian, what a good creative life you have. Thanks for your Craftsy work… and kuddos to your dog!

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Patti Stanczyc

Love this story. For me, scrap quilts are my memory keepers. And I mean true scrap quilts with the pieces made from clothing my daughter wore or a favorite button down of my husband’s that has become worn at the neck.

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Bev

Have you thought about teaching a Craftsy class on photography?

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Nancy Noel

Thank you Brian for being with Craftsy. Your photos are wonderful.

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Teresa

I remember many fun nights in the dark room developing photos with my husband. Loved Brian’s story. Photos do jog the memory of that special event or moment. I now follow my passion for sewing & machine embroidery. Now the fabric creation marks my memories.

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Teresa

Nice to meet you, Brian. Creative people make the world a better place. Thanks for doing your part.

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Chris

It’s SO nice to get information about the people who make this site so educational – thank you so much!

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Michelle R.

Brian- your comments about time in the dark room brought me back to my high school days as the year book photographer. I can still remember the smell of the developer! Thank you for sharing part of your story with us. 🙂

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