-the redhead- (theredhead) wrote,
-the redhead-

A really good article - The Hand At The Heart Of The Craft

Why bother making anything by hand today? Why bother when cutting-edge technology is moving toward the complete automation of manufacturing? Why bother when you can buy so many inexpensive and efficient things that function so well? Why bother with all this messy, laborious and highly demanding work? Isn't it stupidly nostalgic and obsolete, or nearly so? Shouldn't we let handwork die a quiet death and get on with our 21st-century lives?

I'm officially making this a discussion topic. Go, read, come back and share your thoughts. This is powerful stuff.

Other excerpts:

"When craft is practiced at a high level - when a person discovers that handwork conforms to her own set of capabilities and intelligences, when that person find a motivation strong enough to carry her through the difficult years of apprenticeship, when her work regularly induces a flow state of mind and when she finally develops a powerful identification with her work - the only word adequate to the emotion is passion."

"Handwork communicates. By itself, without an overlay of artistic intent, the first thing handwork communicates is that a skillful person was there. Handwork also communicates sincerity."

I pity those who have no such skill, no such intelligence, no such feeling, no such passion. Those who merely tinker through life. They are missing so much.

-the redhead-
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