I've come across this book by David Gauntlet a professor of Creativity & Design at the University of Westminster. It is such a great book; easy to read very down to earth not like other academic books that blow your mind!! Its always good to read a professionals stance on things and be able to relate to them, and think 'that's just the way I think!'
Contrary to what people think I am not 'against' the Internet and Social Media. As recent personal events have proved, social media can be a fantastic tool to engage with people who have the same passion and love for the same thing!(You all know who you are!!) Gauntlet emphasises this, he sees the positives in the coming together of artisans and craftspeople, anyone who creates, through the Internet and our need in society to make and get our work out there.
The 'slow movement' is something I can relate to; the movement of making, slowing down, taking time to make, learning through making, appreciating the skill and time someone has taken to produce something. We live in such a fast paced world. It seems we are driven to cram as much as we can into everyday. But how are we supposed to take time to chill, reflect and savour the good times those important moments in life when we never have time to stop and reflect on them we are on to the next thing!! I think I will be using this book a lot!
(Gauntlet, David, Making is Connecting, 2011, UK, Polity Press)
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