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craftsmanship

Making Art Reduces Stress Hormones

Creative people are just high functioning schizophrenics


"Indignity is hard to avoid when our whole economy revolves around the creation and fulfillment of phony needs. It is an indignity to make anything less than an art out of your work." - Charles Eisenstein


"You work that you may keep pace with the Soul of the Earth.

For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons,

to step out of life's procession marching towards the infinite.

When you work the whispering of the hours turns to music.

Which of you would be silent when all else sings together in unison?

Always you have been told that work is a curse and labor a misfortune.

I say to you that when you work you fulfill a Dream,

assigned to you when that Dream was Born,

In keeping yourself with labor you are in Truth Loving Life,

to love life through labor is to be intimate the inmost secrets of life.

Those who see birth as an affliction and the flesh a curse,

I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash that away.

You have been told also life is darkness,

and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.

I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is desire to live,

yet all desire to live is blind save when there is knowledge,

and all knowledge is vain save when there is work.

All work is empty save when there is Compassion;

when you work with Compassion you bind yourself to Creation.

What is it to work with Compassion?

To weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart,

Even as if your Beloved were to wear that cloth.

It is to build a house with affection,

Even as if your Beloved were to dwell in that house.

It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the Harvest with Joy,

Even as if your Beloved were to eat the fruit.

It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,

And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song made sweeter by his own loving.

Labor is compassion made Visible."

- Khalil Gibran, The Prophet



creative impulse

checked creative impulse

Creativity is a remix

Everything is a Remix Remastered


"People desire objects that are real and personal."

Randy Merrel


"Without the opportunity to learn through the hands, the world remains abstract and distant, and the passions for learning will not be engaged.

A gifted young person who chooses to become a mechanic rather than to accumulate academic credentials is viewed as eccentric, if not self-destructive." - Matthew B. Crawford

"I do muscular work because of have muscles; and if I don't use my muscles I shall become a bad tempered sitting-addict. Westerners are mostly sitting-addicts. From the tycoon to the typist, from the logical positivist to the positive thinker, Westerners spend nine tenths of their time on foam rubber. Spongy seats for spongy bottoms." - Vijaya, from Island byAldous Huxley

"People are retreating from whirlwinds – the whirlwinds of production demands and the whirlwinds of an unstable economy." - Barry Glassner, USC

Craftsmanship offers personal satisfaction, economic stability and emotional rewards.

As a craftsman i feel an urgency to build objects of value and worth, objects aesthetically pleasing.

As a craftsman i am dedicated to providing the highest quality product and to take the time to carefully execute each and every process .

Being a craftsman is living a life style that includes care in all processes undertaken and which rewards the individual with a feeling of contentment in living a meaningful existence.

"More individuals are going back to work with their hands than ever before. There has been a growing renaissance in the crafts for quite a few years." - Sam Maloof

It is unfortunate that craftsmanship has been denigrated by the marketers of slickly packaged manufactured goods.

"Today our lifestyle is supported by our income, instead of our income having to stay up our with our lifestyle. A one individual business is really a life form." - Ann Reiss

A craftsman takes pride in work whereas the laboror is there for his paycheck and may never even touch the manufactured object.

A craftsman works on the human scale.

"Moments of elation are counterbalanced with failures, and these, too, are vivid, taking place right before your eyes.

With stakes that are often high and immediate, the manual trades elicit heedful absorption in work.

They are punctuated by moments of pleasure that take place against a darker backdrop: a keen awareness of catastrophe as an always-present possibility.

The core experience is one of individual responsibility.

There is an ethic of paying attention that develops in the trades through hard experience - an enlightened self-interest.

The good life comes in a variety of forms" - Matthew B. Crawford



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Acting territorial kills creative feedback


"The breakdown of social structures occurs when creative individuals fail to lead through the excercise of creative power." - Arnold Toynbee

"Creativity is a matter of illusion. We take raw materials (ink, paper, memory, perspective) and fashion something that, no matter how faithful to our experience, is a contrivance, an invention, an elaborate shadow play. That's the miracle - that we can believe it at all, that these tools, imperfect as they are, can stir us into trusting something that is, on the most basic level, not actually there." - David L. Ulin


To sing and play an instrument, to dance, to draw, to create beautifully crafted hand made objects from the materials available in the environment, is as natural a part of being human as it is to walk, talk, and play.

The atrophy of these functions began with the advent of the Neolithic division of labor, and accelerated as the division of labor intensified with the global industrial revolution, which also forged the means to replace beautifully crafted hand made objects with mass-produced substitutes.



George Bernared Shaw


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