About The Artisan Workshops
One way we can pay homage to the simplicity and beauty of things and peoples past is having a little piece of history in our homes.
Even better is learning the time honoured, generations old skills that made them in the first place.
It sure is cheaper and easier just to buy your furniture from a super store and chutney from the supermarket, but that is kind of missing the point…
“The insanity of overconsumption bothers me.
Talk about the opiate of the masses.
It ain’t religion anymore, it’s stuff.
Why don’t governments stop people from making crap?”
-Emma Thompson, Actress. All hail to Emma.
These workshops are also about making a wee but mighty stand against the massive wave of rampant consumerism that relentlessly implores us to chuck out the old and buy brand spanking new. This mad materialism comes with a very heavy price - questionable ethics, conformity, compromised longevity, resource depletion ... and oh so little soul.
In the face of the exploding sprawl of suburbs, previously unheard of apartment living, the demise of the ¼ acre section and super centres and malls as far as the eye can see, we have seen the simultaneous rise of “vintage”, “retro” and “op shopping”. It seems that despite everything, some of us are wanting to just slow down a tick, to take stock, to look back and learn about how things were done in the past without actually going back there. Many of us have distinct childhood memories of times in kitchens, or in gardens, often in the company of grandparents or aunties and uncles. Perhaps we remember these times with nostalgia because instinctively part of us knows that it was just so right.
Do you remember?