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good craft bad craft
December 10, 2012, 12:35 pm
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Plumbing is a bad craft and making a brooch out of cut out felt flowers is a good craft and opening a “vintage shop” is the highest calling.

In what I call “the new wave of British pretend craft” women are encouraged to make items that other women will find so desirable and the result is profit. I remember meeting a woman wearing a neckless and matching bracelet made out of buttons and pissing myself at the plight of it. A five year old girl might wear it if her pasta neckless had got wet. I have been watching from the sidelines over the years the amount of rubbish being sold to women by other women, we have television channels selling glitter glue to grown women, we have pop up shops with a selection of truly woefully made items, we get mean girls deciding who gets to play in who’s gang.

As far as I can make out the route map to this craft navhana is get a table at a craft fare and sell to the public essentially women like you, get a stand at a trade stand and get stocked in a shop that women like you buy stuff in.
To help you achieve self actualising you can get a life coach who will do Skype sessions on a weekly basis. Or you can do on line courses tailored to your craft market, you can get specialist tax advice for craft market. This whole area is massive it’s a craft with in it’s self, it’s ‘crafting’ craft. Craft will eat it’s self.

I speak as someone who regularly says “I can’t get arrested as a bookbinder” and I do use “bookbinder” as a useful identity statement but I would like to make a more regular income and would prefer not to do it against a background of teaching.
Perhaps it would be more useful to say “I can’t get arrested as a bookbinder in a craft shop / fare”


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tee hee heee – you know I think you could replace the word ‘craft’ for ‘art’ or ‘music’ or any commercial sphere and your observation would still be entirely valid — networking, promotion, marketing, creating a buzz, being ‘hip’ (its probably NOT at all cool to use the words ‘hip’ or ‘cool’…) is the far more important than the product or person…. maybe this is how things have always been – maybe those of us attached to quality and craft processes are more aware of it because its bloody annoying — either way, it seems to be the way of the post-post modern world….

soooooooo whatta we gonna do about it?

(I’ve got a few ideas….)

Comment by ronnie

I hear you. I just had someone ask me to do a tutorial on my book boxes…. Man I hate DIY-ers and shoddy craftsmanship. Just add ribbons and buttons and tags, ad nauseum, and it’s beautiful.

Comment by sappling

You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be
actually something that I think I would never understand.
It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me.
I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

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