Lares and penates are so often craftworks nowadays rather than mass manufactured goods, yet our spend on crafts is still relatively low.
To get hold of quality crafts / one-off commissions you need to visit a gallery or craft workshop or buy direct from makers via sites like etsy.com
At the HoBB, all art and craft for sale, is locally produced.
We also have displays of art and crafts created by friends from further afield. The photo (top left) shows a delicate pot shape created totally from handmade paper with shredded banana skin. It’s a very interesting process and having tried to make paper myself out of shredded newsprint and ended up with mucky over thick insulated blotting paper and grey stained hands, I know something of the challenge that Sue at Cinque Port Paper has mastered in creating such a fine craftwork.
The second might be green after it has lived outside in the HoBB Gardens for the next year or two but thankfully, will not be crawling around my jacket. At the moment, this fine, numbered edition of the Sacred Scarab of Ancient Egypt is in terracotta. It has been crafted by Colin McGowan, the Sculptural Ceramist from Kent who’s recent artworks have been passionate large modular ceramic sculpts helixing around the doubly important topical subject of genes and genetic engineering.
For such artists who traditionally showed one off works in galleries, the issue of limited editions and their despatch worldwide, is becoming an essential way to build reputation ahead of the artist’s international exhibition tours. To see more, this link may be of interest to you https://www.notonthehighstreet.com
Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant
Genetic engineers are now working the building blocks of biology. They pop some daffodil gene into rice and the rice then produces vitamins it normally does not produce (I think it was Vit. A). I think they popped some gene from a deep sea fish into a mouse and made it glow didn’t ‘they’. I use the word ‘they’ as if I was not part of the same human seed I am, thus I should continue this with the word “we” I suppose!
Well what will happen when ‘we’ stop discovering ever smaller sub-atomic particles and reach the ‘unit-brick’ that allows us to calculate the coded recipe of all elements. Will sub-atomic engineers be able to use the lowest constituent parts to build ‘matter’ that has either, never existed before, or at least be able to ‘tweak’ the composition of existing elements so their behavior alters?
I often regress to ‘our’ pre-big-bang stage, when the sum of everything was in a rather dense unified form, or so the present theory goes. At that point in my pre-history, the ingredients I presently use to form my being would have been in rather a mixed up cocktail along with all the other ingredients ready to create what we now know as ‘everything’.
It is not a very easy state of ‘being’ to describe but the feeling of unified potential is ‘mammoth’ – like one pre-poppy seed ooze in a universally large developing seed pod but in a micro-kind of way.
When we find a code that is common to all physical ‘matter’ it will be another code as the biological one already exists. However such wonderful discoveries are made, the biggest breakthrough will come when we all willingly unite over future issues that are so much more important than now issues. We have a long way to go to find a code common to all social matters.
Waves ~~~ macro and micro ~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant
Illustration (above) from “Genius” [By Kind Permission of Little People Books ISBN 1-988573]