Have you ever noticed that handmade artifacts look and feel different than mass-produced objects? Can you identify exactly what it is that looks or feels different? Is it the tiny imperfections or fingerprints on it, or is it the signature or “chop mark” on the back or side that identifies the artisans studio? Often, it’s just intuition that tells you about its origin.
Artists and craftsmen who are passionate about what they create imbue their work with great skill and a discerning eye. They know that they will imprint their personal mark upon their product and the investment of their time and energy will travel far and wide, and may even be passed from generation to generation.
An interesting challenge for all art lovers, whether experienced or just beginning to collect handmade artworks and objects, is to look around during your daily routine, and try to identify which objects are made by hand. Are the coffee mugs at the cafe “real”?… the art on the walls of offices and public areas….are they really “real”?
I feel a special kind of energy from handmade objects and graphics, even graffiti on walls. It may not always be beautiful, but it does contain vibrations that I sense are intuitive and different. My favorite handmade pieces harmonize with my sensibilities. Both my functional and non-functional artworks are a kind of family that keeps me company, creating warmth in my environment, and sometimes become the object of a conversation!
As an artisan selling artworks, I take great pride in joining other families around the world. It is truly, very real.
Caroly Van Duyn