Crafts: how to protect them from disappearing

Crafts: how to protect them from disappearing

For many of us, the term “craft” brings to mind something old, out-dated, maybe even kitschy. You may think of one of those touristy stalls that you see while on holidays, selling tacky wooden figures, kitchen plates with Eiffel Tower painted on them or yellow amber jewellery that you would buy for your grandmother. But…

Manus x Machina, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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Manus x Machina, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Manus (hand) and machina (machine) are often seen as the opposites. It’s either one or the other. The hand-made symbolises craftsmanship, tradition, individuality, exclusivity. Machine-made is mass, fast, modern, progressive. The Industrial Revolution of XVIII-XIX centuries was one of the most important steps for the industry and society. Modern production methods replaced manual workforce and lead…