What is Craftsmanship?

What we call craftsmanship is the mastery of a technique and know-how for the production of a design piece, or a work of art for example. 

Crafts include techniques as varied as ironwork, cabinet making, ceramics, framing, violin making, and many others. 

What defines a craftsman is that he performs manual work, therefore in reasonable production volumes since they depend on human pace and not on the rhythm of industrial machines. The craftsman therefore produces small series or unique pieces, and cannot reproduce an object or a work in a perfectly identical way and infinitely. 

We are thus at the antithesis of standardization and calibration, since the craftsman’s gesture is sometimes visible and palpable in handmade pieces: he leaves his mark, and it is these small imperfections that give the object its full meaning. 

In weaving in particularly, not always having the same energy, my gesture will be slightly different from one day to another. For example, the way in which the weft thread is packed can vary, which will create an irregularity in the fabric and give it a soul. 

To discover my article on Wabi-Sabi, the Japanese aesthetic concept that values the imperfect beauty of craftsmanship, it’s this way: https://www.saint-frison-textiles.fr/le-wabi-sabi-ou-leloge-de-la-beaute-imparfaite/.

Over the last few years there has been a real revival of interest in craftsmanship, and movements such as Slow Made have emerged, which unites the professionals in the arts and crafts around values such as research, gesture, practice, transmission, appropriation and fair price.

The return to craftsmanship also highlights the desire of everyone to change their way of consuming: more local, ethical, sustainable and the quest for meaning. We are looking for products that tell us a story.

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