We live in a world where many things are mass produced. Not that there is anything necessarily wrong with that. It’s great that some things are manufactured in massive quantities in order to fill a worldwide demand for them.
But it’s also wonderful that more people everywhere are beginning to embrace things that are made by hand in small quantities. In case you hadn’t heard, here is why handmade matters.
“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” – Chuck Klosterman
When you make something, you leave a part of yourself in it. When you are finished creating, you take pride in the work partly because you see yourself in it. When you buy something someone else made, you yourself are reflected in that purchase. Whether it’s the colour, the texture, the shape, or just the mood you happen to be in, an item that has been crafted as an expression of the creative spirit person who made it is treasured and valued far beyond an item that was made for worldly mass consumption.
Have you ever seen the work space of a person who creates for a living? Their creations are almost always made in a space of joy, honour, and respect. Those same values somehow find their way into the very fibre of a handmade item. For example, consider that every centimetre of the yarn that forms a hand knit garment once flowed through the fingers of the maker who knit the garment with intention and purpose. Who wouldn’t take extra special care of such an item.
No two handmade items are exactly alike. Variations in colour, shading, texture, shape and grain are inherent in a handmade item. This means that every handmade item you purchase is also one-of-a-kind. What’s not to like about that?
A consumer shift is happening, a movement if you will. More and more people are buying handmade over mass produced as they're more special and every cent towards a small business means so much more than a big company.
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