Design and the art of craftsmanship

An email response from Seth about the idea of conceptualising a piece of work and the art of craftsmanship.

“Am I to understand that these bedside stands are designed simple beauty outside, but more involved and/or complex inside?

May I learn what is inside? This concept is both appealing and the ideal I strive for. It pleases me that it flies in the face of the traditional thinking in the world; that is, show all; accentuate all the wonderful points of interest in a piece, to the end that everyone flock to you and want what you got, buy your stuff, etc.

Bah! I say, make with insight; think through concerning the purpose of the piece; make the recipient realise that he got a bit more than he paid for, and smile whenever he thinks about the piece. This is the end of craftsmanship”

Hi Seth

This is an ancient concept. Create a piece that gives the more you own it and look at it. The essence is skilled handwork seeking to achieve the very best and failing. But failing heroically. We know we cannot be perfect. The design is resolved, simple at first sight but unfolds with acquaintance like the friendship with a complex human being unfolds.

These pieces are not for the camera they are for human beings. They entertain and challenge in equal measure, like a complex friend.

All the best



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