Louise of Twenty Cent Mixture has won the Babushka, yay! Dolly flies out to you this week.
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At the little Gem Session today we talked a lot about the value of handmade, how it is a way of life and how buying handmade is a protest against chain stores and $2 Shop rubbish. Here’s a quote from the Pledge Handmade site:
Buying Handmade makes for better gift-giving.
The giver of a handmade gift has avoided the parking lots and long lines of the big chain stores in favor of something more meaningful. If the giver has purchased the gift, s/he feels the satisfaction of supporting an artist or crafter directly. The recipient of the handmade gift receives something that is one-of-a-kind, and made with care and attention that can
be seen and touched. It is the result of skill and craftsmanship that is absent in the world of large-scale manufacturing.
Buying handmade is better for people.
The ascendancy of chain store culture and global manufacturing has left us dressing, furnishing, and decorating alike. We are encouraged to be consumers, not producers, of our own culture. Our ties to the local and human sources of our goods have been lost. Buying handmade helps us reconnect.
Buying handmade is better for the environment.
The accumulating environmental effects of mass production are a major cause of global warming and the poisoning of our air, water and soil. Every item you make or purchase from a small-scale independent artist or crafter strikes a small blow to the forces of mass production.
I’d love to see Crafters and Craft groups/organisations in New Zealand rise up united to shout this out. Crafters never make much (if any) money on their work, yet many worry about pricing our work too high in case people don’t buy (which does happen). So how can we move on from this? How can we promote the true value of local craft? More on this shortly.