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how exactly does a handmade object communicate love?
October 28, 2013, 9:09 am
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A couple of things are going on here.

First off the object itself is signalling like mad. It’s positively screaming BUYME!!!!! So we know that it’s a distinctive little thing. It’s a given that it’s little, has to be, it has to be lifted and appraised.

I reckon that the sweet spot in the appraising is the distance between the object in the hand and the distance form the eye.

It has to be honest and show it’s strengths, no weakness on display. It’s got to be strong and it gets it’s strength because all aspects of it are in harmony with each other.

Even before we get to the killer ‘judging the book by the cover’ the book has to feel right in the hand, the best possible materials are used, the leather is not to thick, the boards are balanced. It might not be ‘love’ but at the very least the book has to say ‘I won’t let you down’

I have recently overdosed on the film of ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ and one of the scenes I come back to time and time again is George Smiley questioning of Toby Esterhase and it ends up with Toby pleading through snot and tears ‘I am loyal’ and perhaps just maybe it’s the promise of loyalty that we as grown up people want.

The little book has to be loyal and it gets that through the materials that it made from. These materials have been respected and the techniques that are used are appropriate.

The construction methods imbue strength and sincerity.

I am off to my bench to make a loyal little book.

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