vol. 8, num. 12 :: 2009.06.05 — 2009.06.19
Those in the twenty-first century, industrialized world are increasingly dependent upon virtual realities for everyday tasks. Even the practice of typing on a typewriter has less direct mechanical relationship than that of typing on a computer keyboard. In this context, what is the value in choosing to do something by hand, in person, the old-fashioned way?
A life tapestry woven of baking bread and growing food and bearing children.
Spring rolls around again with broken earth and broken promises.
A new movement among women is going back to the basics.
Short film juxtaposes images of destruction and handmade creation.
Chronicling one week of creating something out of something by hand.
On the beauty of choosing the "by hand" way, while honoring the divine purposes of all human activity.
A practical guide for creating a useful craft from days of old.
Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about making things by hand.
The question of whether Google is making us "stoopid" may only begin to assess what we stand to lose.
A reflection on the purposes of hands and how technology can both enhance and hinder those purposes.
On skills, creativity and dependence.
A tradition of boating finds its current home in longing.
The journey of a skill from a hobby to a spiritual discipline.
Brian Dijkema reviews Richard Sennett’s book The Craftsman.
To paint a picture or to write a story or to compose a song is an incarnational activity. The artist is a servant who is willing to be a birthgiver. In a very real sense the artist (male or female) should be like Mary who, when the angel told her that she was to bear the Messiah, was obedient to the command. Obedience is an unpopular word nowadays, but the artist must be obedient to the work, whether it be a symphony, a painting, or a story for a small child. I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of great genius, or something very small, comes to the artist and says, “Here I am. Enflesh me. Give birth to me.” And the artist either says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” and willingly becomes the bearer of the work, or refuses; but the obedient response is not necessarily a conscious one, and not everyone has the humble, courageous obedience of Mary.
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art
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