Handmade Tales – Automation has made it possible to produce so many objects — from bread to shoes — without the intervention of human hands (assuming that pressing a button doesn’t count). What things do you still prefer in their traditional, handmade version?
Most things we use in the course of regular life are not handmade. Many were not handmade, even a couple of hundred years ago. Factories have been around a long time. The industrial revolution started in England in 1688. By the mid 1800s, most ordinary household items were and still are, made in factories.
What is still made by loving hands? Art. Any form of art. Painting, sculpture, pottery … all unique. Photography is finished on computers, but it originates with a single artist’s vision. Despite electronic tools, the output remains part of the artist’s creativity.
I will never buy a mass-produced “art print” if I have any chance of buying an artist’s original. Even people who have little or no money can find original art at flea markets and yard sales. You never need to buy a factory reproduction when there is real art to be found.
In this house, all the painting and pottery are original, some new, most old, handmade, and one of a kind. Each piece has its own story to tell. I, in turn, have stories to tell about them.
By far the most unique, completely individual things of all, are the people in our lives, each of whom can never to be duplicated or replaced.
As long as that remains true, there is hope for this old world!