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production and consumtion, London riots and craft

As the London riots were kicking off last week most commentators were going on about lack of respect, broken Britain and the breakdown of moral values, the proposed solution is normally increased discipline by home and state. I was blogging about my take on it, that being that these folk were just doing what we […]

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London riots

Let’s breed a generation and convince them that success is a new pair of trainers and a 50″ plasma tv, bring them up from age 2 to covet material goods and if you can achieve it without having to work hard so much the better, pop stardom, soccer stars, lottery winners this is what we […]

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Marcel Duchamp and a prediction about art and craft

We are approaching a very important centenary in the art world, the creation of Marcel Duchamp’s “fountain”, arguably the most important work of art of the 20th century. Was he taking the piss? and why should craftspeople have any interest in it? The point of fountain was that Duchamp was arguing that aesthetics and skill […]

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is that “the old way” of doing it?

 How often do folk who choose to use hand tools hear this? The implication of course is that there is now a newer, better, faster way and that I am doing it “the old way” just to show how it was done. There is a common misconception about technologies in the Western world, we think […]

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William Morris “The Lesser Arts”

William Morris’ lecture given to the Trades’ Guild of Learning, December 4, 1877It’s a bit slow starting as was the way with Victorian writing but is worth reading beyond the the first few paragraphs. Hereafter I hope in another lecture to have the pleasure of laying before you an historical survey of the lesser, or […]

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