Saturday, 14 March 2009
In Defence of the Handmade
"There are plenty of commercial venues for design and industrial products designed to reference craft are not craft, and are often misleading in our craft ignorant culture. Objects such as these have a wide reach in furniture shops and design venues. Galleries that can showcase the handmade should make an effort to do so with sensitivity towards makers and an understanding of the term "handmade".
So says Shannon Garson, who has also written a very comprehensive artivle-in defence of the handmade pottery-http://www.ceramicstoday.com/articles/home_cooking.htm
Also her blog -Strange Fragments.
She is an articulate and well considered critic against of consumer culture appropriating the handmade rather than actually promoting a real aesthetic of the handmade. www.etsy.com will not allow its shopownes to market something that is obviously not handmade.