In a guest post on the Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life blog I look at the place craft has in our lives. It is called Art and Craft. My starting point is my father’s trade – he does repetition turning (making widgets out of metal). Like any craftsperson he does the same thing over and over again. This is sometimes seen as bad work, as deadening; but it is the process of any craft – and is satisfying to the craftsperson.

This post is about the satisfaction that craft brings. It is different to the self-assertion and novelty that is often thought of as the artist. It is focused on producing good work. I think it is time that we honoured the craftsman and the contribution that pursuing a craft can make to our lives and our world.

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2 Comments to “Art and Craft”

  1. Adelaide says:

    Catriona’s Dad does some of this work as well. She writes about it in There and Back By Tricycle/Catdownunder.

    And there is an interesting book called Rare Trades which has words and pictures about various trades.

  2. Evan says:

    Hi, Adelaide, I’ll check them out. Thanks for letting me know about them.

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