Monday, September 7, 2009

Sculpture and Making Things

Found this info on Robin Wood's Woodcraft. The following is from his post.

Dr Alan Reece of Pearson Engineering warns that “de-industrialisation” is causing national decay and the loss of skills in physical science. He blames the concentration of political power in the City, amid men who “know little about anything but money and, as we have painfully learned, little about that either.”

Well before the banking crisis, it seemed to me that there is little health in a society where the pinnacles of achievement are seen to be smooth talking, celebrity, gimmicky marketing, formulaic admin and moving money around in imaginary packets. I would go further and say the next layer, service and leisure providers and “caring” professions, while good and essential, are still not enough. Not for everyone: not for a society as a whole.

To feel good about your work, as an individual and a society, to be both emotionally satisfied and economically safe, you have to make stuff. Put things together, improve them, sell them to admiring customers. Ask any caveman rolling his first wheel; ask any small child trotting home from school with an eggbox model. Then ask the same child ten years later how satisfied he or she is with what passes for physical creativity in the modern risk-averse classroom: the desktop-published folder of design and technology, chronicling a project never actually made; the “food-tech” folder with cutout pictures of flans and lists of cooking temperatures, which somehow never led to an actual pizza.
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Will said...

I agree. To stand back from a brick wall, a house, a sculpture, someting, any physical thing you have made, constructed personally gives yourself a great sense of achievement. I think that is part of the problem faced by so many people in modern life that they reach middle & old age, look back on their lives & realise they have nothing they can stand back from & say "I made that." They may have a 40 year career that didn't make anything & proved nothing. Service has replaced industry in a bad way I'm afraid.

Susan Gallacher-Turner and Michael Turner said...

I, too, agree. What amazes me is the total lack of knowledge in the making of the basics of life...making a cake from scratch, making a salad without a salad mix, making a bed, bed coverlet, window valance, pillow, or even, sewing on a button or ironing a shirt. Not to mention mowing the lawn, planting a plant..well you get my drift.
It's not just important to have a tangible feeling about life but to be able to make your way in life.