Friday, 3 June 2011

The Use of the Made

A question which popped up when reading yesterday:
Is it (witnessing) the use of the made that validates the maker? (and the made?) (and even the making?)

I don't think it is, I am not sure that making needs validation, a reason. I believe that the pure action of making (whatever the discipline and intended result) is enough in itself to create meaning for the maker.

However, does making become more valid if there is a purpose for the made object outside of the makers hands? Does making become more important if it offers social value (a blanket knitted for a charity for example)?

(The book & page etc that inspired the question:  Matthew Crawford's Shop Class as Soulcraft, p187ish)

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