Anna Adair:

January 24, 2009 at 6:22 am Leave a comment

I’m going to throw a quote at you. 

“Let him but begin to imagine, to think, to try to do anything worth doing; and the engine-turned precision is lost at once. Out come all his roughness, all his dullness, all his incapability; shame upon shame, failure upon failure, pause after pause: but out come the whole majesty of him also; and we know the height of it only when we see the clouds settling apon him.”         John Ruskin

I’m into this. I think in the past I had thought of crafting and craftsmenship as the pursuit of perfection. At least that’s what it always felt like for me. Making stuff really complimented my obsessive “good enough won’t do” approach to things. This is not to say that I’m perfect….on the contrary. Nothing I make comes out perfectly and that’s where my buddy Ruskin comes in. It’s not about perfection, its about the process. And I think a lot of people don’t experience that these days…..for various reasons all mentioned in “Capitalism 101”.

 Over the last year I have been looking at the handmade, unfinished projects of other people. I like to think of them as attempts at making within the everyday, where it is neither necessary nor convenient to do so……shortcomings and failures that emerge in a society bent on production and acheivement, all taking place at a relentless pace. People are trying to make things and failing. But the point is that they’re trying. 

I look forward to the semester and hearing about all your unfinished projects.

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