Monday, March 20, 2006

Craft Manifesto

Found this amazing manifesto today through another interesting blog by York. The author, Ulla-Maaria Mutanen is an interesting Finnish thinker on technolgy and crafts. York is Japanese and is seeking to collaborate on eco-projects via blogs.

Draft Craft Manifesto

I’ve been trying to pin down what is driving the increasing popularity of crafting for a while now. This is what I’ve got so far:
1. People get satisfaction for being able to create/craft things because they can see themselves in the objects they make. This is not possible in purchased products.
2. The things that people have made themselves have magic powers. They have hidden meanings that other people can’t see.
3. The things people make they usually want to keep and update. Crafting is not against consumption. It is against throwing things away.
4. People seek recognition for the things they have made. Primarily it comes from their friends and family. This manifests as an economy of gifts.
5. People who believe they are producing genuinely cool things seek broader exposure for their products. This creates opportunities for alternative publishing channels.
6. Work inspires work. Seeing what other people have made generates new ideas and designs.
7. Essential for crafting are tools, which are accessible, portable, and easy to learn.
8. Materials become important. Knowledge of what they are made of and where to get them becomes essential.
9. Recipes become important. The ability to create and distribute interesting recipes becomes valuable.
10. Learning techniques brings people together. This creates online and offline communities of practice.
11. Craft-oriented people seek opportunities to discover interesting things and meet their makers. This creates marketplaces.
12. At the bottom, crafting is a form of play.

Oh yeah...

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susan said...

I think # 12 is the top of the list. People just don't play nearly enough.
If it were not true, all my adult students wouldn't need me to remind them how.
another brilliant entry MAD.

York said...

I sometimes make music for just enjoyment. Though I have read some books and papers about creativity and imagination, they did not sit well with me.

However, Ulla's idea was enough to make a cat speak. It gives words to savoring the joy derived from creation of something new from a practitioner's standpoint. I guess we can call it "Creator Manifest".

Thank you very much for introducing not only great manifesto but also my blog.


p.s. If you do not mind, I have provided a link to this blog.

Mad said...

Hi York-
Please link, no problem. I like your blog and will keep reading.

CarolGert said...

Boy! I love this blog! Every time I check, I get more wonderful thoughts and ideas. It feels like I am you and you are me. We are all one. Taking different paths to the same place.

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

We need a creative outlet...for our souls, or heart or mind or energy...we need to create, life does that it expands, shots forth...