carve a spoon

If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

William Morris

…beauty can only come from truth, or philosophy; if you like…

(and with that in mind i can’t say that i like the aesthetics of mediaevalism)

in the arts and crafts movement all aspects of art were to be involved in all aspects of society. the opportunity to take pride in working and pride in the work. and be paid well for work done… i feel that the bauhaus took to it with more style. but both lost their way. (arts & crafts ended up too reliant on the central artists, sponsors and – largely – diverted into a very conservative aesthetic; and bauhaus got subsumed into the beginnings of the advertising world and then broken by politics / industry. uh, roughly speaking.)

when william morris speaks of ‘luxury’, when he speaks of ‘beauty’… critical discourse can bridle. or sneer. but these are places to start.

luxury though… luxury is the manifestation of complacency, luxury displaces our environment and deflects experience, making life abstracted… luxury being indulgence / complacency. cultural, egotistical, neurotic or intellectual.

( just as the tools we use every day are necessary and so they should epitomise their worth and necessity. and they should be kept out of landfill sites.)


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