Thursday, July 12, 2007

How important are handcrafted items in your life?

How important are handcrafted items in your life? This is the question that will be addressed on the Maritime Noon phone-in, tomorrow, Friday, July 13th.

In a world that's awash in mass-produced products, certain individuals still devote themselves to making things that are unique. Artisans around the Maritimes create everyday items like coffee mugs & breadboards, accessories like earrings & shawls, and fanciful objects that blend various media and defy description.

Maritime Noon is the lunch time radio show of CBC serving Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. It can be listened to live from the links on the Maritime Noon homepage, and will be archived for one week from their Phone In page. The phone in starts after the one o'clock news (Atlantic Standard Time).

I will be listening. It will be interesting to learn what my potential customers have to say. If you can't get on the phone-in, why not leave a comment here and tell me what you think about handcrafted items, or what you think of the comments made by the phone-in participants.

update: (Due to special coverage of the Lord Black trial, this show was shortened to about 30 minutes and started at 1:30 or thereabouts)

1 comment:

scottb said...

I mentioned in my interview over at lumberjocks http://blog.lumberjocks.com/2006/10/interview-7-scott-blanchard/ that handcrafted items are very important to me. Having several artistic or crafty people in my extended family has helped to start fill our home with such handcrafted items as pottery, rugs, and lots of art.

I'm (still) in the (probably lifelong) process of weeding out mass-market items that we don't need (or love) and am striving to only fill our home with (including renovating the house itself) with unique and one-of-a-kind items that were crafted, and not stamped out on an assembly line, whereever practical and possible. Obviously this won't be a cheap proposition, and will take many years whether by my own hands, or others (excluding the obvious - computers, major appliances, and so forth - but now that I type this out - I wouldn't neccessarily rule them out either!

A good question to ask yourself - if your house was on fire, and you had time to save a certain amount of material things (everyone is out safe) what would you save? Apart from the photo albums (which could be replaced with a little help from friends and family) I have nothing that couldn't be replaced - and I surely have a lot of things that I'd never bother with again.

If the house was an empty shell, I could head out and hit an artists colony (with a shopping cart or two) I bet I could find most of the lamps, pottery, glassware, treenware and so on that I'd need to make my house a home.