Craft Produce

Craft ProduceLares 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 historically needed to visit a gallery or craft workshop and a lot of the goods for sale were ‘local’. Now, with the tremendous opening up of the World to ‘direct trading’, much of the world can buy anything from anyone over the internet. I don’t profess to know where this will lead us all – maybe away from retail environments and more glued to our screens devoted to ebay (?)

One thing that is happening is the growth in ‘go-getters’ online. As start-ups online are easier than on the high street, there are far more craft works and artworks available thus we can all browse the craft boom with ease. For the buyer, this growth in selection is great fun and for the maker, it must be heartening to sell work internationally.

Some interesting items here at the ‘HoBB Gallery’ are pictured above and I challenge anyone to find them in their local shops. One is a delicate pot shape created totally from handmade paper but guess what’s been incorporated into the original paper fibres as the artist brings up the bowl shape from the flat sheet – 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 attached to a pin. 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.

Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Ministry of Spare Parts

Illustration from 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]