Saturday, October 16, 2010

Homage to the artisan

In my recent research of visual travels- I came across these beautiful prints - exhibited at the 1902 Exhibition in India. It got me thinking about the developed world and how it has almost lost all of its artisans. Craftsmanship is sadly replaced by the MADE IN CHINA tag .
The art of carving or engraving or weaving or paper making which had been passed on from father to son, mother to daughter or Master to apprentice is completely obsolete in our world. The idea of knowing how to do something really well, to practice it all your life is so simple and so fruitful in itself and its a great shame it's not part of our consciousness any more. May be only the art of instrument making is still appreciated and of course the whole revival of hand made things is all about re visiting the idea but its not going to change the way the world moves.
In my local area of Footscray there is a Jeweler from Ethiopia- his father taught him how to work with silver when he was only 8 years old. I treasure and pay homage to him and others like him !!!

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