Artisan, craftsmanship and skills

I refer you back to my blog about my pastels and palettes. Towards the end of that, I mentioned my love of Artisan craftsmen. Here, Becky Pearce is quoted beautifully in an article about just that.   http://blog.folksy.com/2016/07/04/becky-pearce-jewellery

I refer you back to my blog about my pastels and palettes. Towards the end of that, I mentioned my love of Artisan craftsmen. Here, Becky Pearce is quoted beautifully in an article about just that.

http://blog.folksy.com/2016/07/04/becky-pearce-jewellery

The love of the tactile quality of items is part of their charm. Occasionally you come across a wooden bowl as smooth as silk which makes you go ooo or you may find that Cashmere is the fabric which makes you feel like wiggling your toes with glee. There will be something different for everyone even if we're not aware of it yet. This will boil down to how it makes us feel, as well as how it feels, how it handles, how it works or what it looks like or tastes like. Sometimes we can't even isolate the reason.

Whichever senses are alerted to the simplicity or the beauty of an item, are the ones which forever will be heightened by the presence of the similar textures, colours or mechanisms, almost a subconscious awareness of craftsmanship. A brain muscle memory.

I like wooden items, stone items, wool items and paper items and although it sounds like a list from a dating profile for medieval England or Baldric, it is the simplicity that I love and sometimes the sheer brilliance of what is achievable by a true craftsman. A craftsman who has an innate skill, a natural affinity with the materials they are working. It's a bit like watching a Plasterer or master baker do icing - unbelievably difficult to create such a smooth surface on the vertical or horizontal yet they make it look so very easy. 

Small selection of my books ranging from the small scale to the large Artisan designers makers and skilled craftsmen.

Small selection of my books ranging from the small scale to the large Artisan designers makers and skilled craftsmen.

I am continually attracted to basketry or fine wood turning, weaving or ceramics yet my chosen medium is pen.