Ella Rose Berhe-Lumax is an inspiring young creative who founded the Brooklyn Craft Club. She enjoys art, fashion, sewing and, most importantly, crafting with her friends. Read below to learn what self-care means to her in the world of fashion and crafting and make sure to follow along on her journey by checking out her club’s Instagram: @brooklyncraftclub!
CC: Tell me a bit about yourself. What do you do?
ER: My name is Ella Rose Berhe-Lumax. I am 10-years-old. I am the founder of Brooklyn Craft Club. I like dancing, crafting, drawing and writing.
CC: What got you into crafting and what made you want to start something like the Brooklyn Craft Club?
ER: When I moved into the school that I am in now, we had an art program but we couldn’t really express ourselves. Our art teacher had a really set image of what we could call art. So, we had to do everything in a really specific way and we couldn’t really color outside the lines. So, I wanted to make something where me and my friends could express ourselves and we didn’t have to follow the rules of her definition of art. So, I decided to start Brooklyn Craft Club!
CC: What is Brooklyn Craft Club?
ER: It is a club where me and my friends do crafts!
CC: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Cc: How did you find out about the Creative Cookie?
ER: I met her (Lesley Ware) on another online craft series on Instagram. She reached out to me and we started talking that way.
CC: Why are crafting and fashion and art so important to you?
ER: I just like expressing myself! I love to do stuff with my hands; I’m always fidgeting with something. When I’m crafting or sewing, it helps me put the fidgeting to use.
CC: What is your idea of “fashion as self-care” and why?
ER: I actually would say it’s this scrunchie that I just made yesterday. I have a fun time with scrunchies! If my hair is up, I usually have one in my hair. So, it’s just really fun to make them and really easy to make them, as well.
CC: How would you encourage others to start something similar to the Brooklyn Craft Club at such a young age?
ER: I would just say, find something that makes you happy! And, if you have an idea, make sure to write it down. I have so many ideas running through my head and I forget to write them down. Keep a journal with all your ideas! If you have an idea, stick to it and remember to always be creative!
By Kasey Letrich