Why DIY? 自己动手 丰衣足食

THE SCOOP ON THE LATEST DYI TREND. 最新DIY风潮的独家新闻.

These days DIY (Do It Yourself) has become an ever increasingly popular trend. Given you have a curious mind and you haven’t been completely isolated form the rest of the world for the last 5 years, you may spend a lot of time wondering about why we are here, what our purpose is and what in the world all this fuss over DIY is all about. It’s time for you to curb your curiosity and find out.

最近DIY(自己动手做)这个趋势愈发流行。如果在过去的5年里你一直保持一颗好奇心且没有完全和这个世界脱节的话,你大概花了很多时间在想为什么我们在这里,我们的目的是什么,为什么DIY令整个世界为之疯狂。那么,现在是时候满足你的好奇心并找到答案了。

The terms “do it yourself” (in reference to the building and modifying things without the help of an expert in the field) is not new – in fact it has been around for about a century. Although it has been common usage for a while now it only started gaining popularity in the early 2000’s and has been growing more and more popular ever since. One of the platforms, which have definitely aided the escalating popularity of DIY, is YouTube. There are a number of channels on YouTube who are specifically dedicated to teach people different DIY’s, which usually don’t require a large amount of expertise in their respective areas. Another massive platform, which has boosted the popularity of DIYs, is Pinterest. Almost every Pinterest user has a “board” dedicated to “pinning” DIY’s they’d like to try. And because Pinterest is a popular social networking site this really helps boost DIY’s in the public eye.

“自己动手做”这个用语(意指不依赖或聘用专业的工匠来建立或整修东西)并不新鲜 – 事实上这个用语已经存在了快一个世纪。虽然它并不新鲜,但直到千禧年开始它才真正风靡起来。加速DIY风靡的平台之一便是YouTube。在YouTube上有很多不同的频道用来教人们自己动手做不同的事物,并且不需要太多的专业技能。另外一个促进DIY盛行的是Pinterest。每位Pinterest用户都可以把自己想要尝试的东西“钉”在“钉板”上。Pinterest作为一个极为流行的社交网站,极大的提高了DIY的公众关注度。

So what’s really so good about “DIYing”? Well there is the massive cost benefit. It looks like it is now possible to make almost exact replicas of items available in stores for less than half the price! This is a great money saver and is perfect for people who need that extra bit of cash but still want to have fabulous things. This then begs the question, why are so many people who clearly have the cash opting for DIY? There is definitely something to be said for making things yourself. There is some kind of satisfaction that you get from making and using them yourself that you simply can’t get out of things that you buy. Not to mention the opportunity to show all your friends your awesome handiwork skills.

那么DIY究竟好在哪里呢?首先它极大的节省了支出。你只需花费顶多一半的价格,就能做出和店铺里售卖的商品几乎一模一样的仿制品!这节省了金钱,对那些手头不够宽裕却又喜欢美好事物的人来说,真是完美极了。那么问题又来了,为什么那些不缺钱的人也热衷于DIY呢?自己动手做有其特殊的意义。你可以从自己动手制作和使用DIY的事物里得到极大的满足感,这是花钱买不到的。更不用说你可以骄傲的向朋友展示自己过人的手工技能。

But well. Not all that glitters is gold. Even though it’s a lot cheaper than just buying it, it is a lot more time consuming. You have to factor in all of the time it takes to figure out how to actually attempt the DIY, the time it takes to actually make it and if necessary the time it takes to set or cook and stuff. Not to mention despite spending all this time on the DIY there is no guarantee that the DIY will actually work. In fact the DIY fails so often and then it gets so hilarious it has even turned into a popular tag on instagram; “#Nailedit”. These posts feature a picture of how the DIY was supposed to look and how it actually turned out.

否值得。况且,有时尽管你投入了很多的时间,DIY的结果却不尽如人意。搞笑的是,因为DIY经常会失败,在instergram上有个很火的标签是”#Nailedit”,这些图片显示了DIY本应呈现的成果和事实结果的反差。

In the end the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Although these DIY projects are often time consuming, if you have the time why not? It’s cheaper and better to make things yourself. The chance to really be in the creation process of the things that you own is an opportunity that most miss, don’t. Get on the DIY train!

总而言之,优势绝对大于劣势。尽管DIY很费时间,但如果你有时间的话,为什么不试一下呢?它既省钱,又能让你有亲力亲为的美好体验。能够亲手创造出自己所拥有的东西这种机会并不多见,千万不要错过哦!快乘上DIY这辆快车吧!

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Pictures selection & words by Brynn Somerville.

图片选择和文字感谢Brynn Somerville.

Translation by Vivian Zhou.

翻译由 Vivian Zhou完成.

 


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