definitions of craft that I prefer, relate 'things made', to the skill and
the personality of the individuals who make them.
History often judges Luddites as those who stood in
the way of progress. The 1811 Luddite riot against the textile mills
in Nottingham England, some interpret as a necessary adjustment in an
inevitable progression, and the clothes I wear today are more affordable
because the riot was without any lasting effect.
The Luddites themselves were craftsmen. They
sought to preserve their craft, because it was their living, and it was as
craftsmen they identified themselves when placed into a relationship with
Industrial production quickly out paces craft in an
economics where price determines. Individuals become 'human
resources'. And to humanize this circumstance the sentences are
"We care about our employees", "Packed with pride by
Mandy", "Bringing good things to life", and other such
utterances that increasingly in my mind serve as new definitions of the old
These days the word craft has confusing connotations.
In some places it is mixed up with the word 'art'. In some places it
is mixed up with the word 'handy' or 'collectible' or 'Krafty'. In
other places it is sometimes sneered at.
But if 'craft' retains a relationship between 'things
made', personality and the individual maker, then it keeps alive the
admirable force 'creative is'.