Friday, 29 September 2017

It's time for a new movement....(sorry...bit of a rant coming)

So...

...we left Devon...

...and drove through Somerset and Gloucestershire....

...to arrive in Malmesbury in Wiltshire...

...where we're having a few days to ourselves.

Our first outing was to Kelmscott, Cotswold retreat of William Morris...











I haven't taken much notice of the "Arts & Crafts" stuff...

...being a pre-historian and interested in "things ancient"...

...but after reading around the subject, I've come to the conclusion that...

...we need another "Arts & Crafts" movement today...

...with more and more people taking up the crafts that our grandparent did without even thinking about it...

...and getting away from buying anything mass-produced...

...especially if it comes from the PRC!!!

I'm sick and tired of going into towns and finding loads of cheap or poundshops selling absolute crap!

I get even more annoyed at little craft fairs/markets when I overhear people saying that they can get "that" cheaper in Wilko or somewhere of the ilk.

Someone has taken the time to make something beautiful...take a stall....go there....set it up with the work of many, many weeks....

...and have to listen to insensitive prats who should stay in bloody Wilko!!! :-(

I would like to see loads of arty-farty-crafty people get together and make a stand for what we do...

...and begin by staying out of the crap-shops.

Those of you that don't make/craft/stitch or whatever....but enjoy what we do...

...then I ask YOU to stay out of the crap-shops too!

We need you to come to fairs/shows etc and actually BUY what we make...

...or take up what we do. We are more than willing to help you get started.

Step 1 is very, very easy - Turn off the TV sometimes :-)

Learning a new hobby/craft is very rewarding and it makes you feel good...

...unlike some of the storylines that seem to proliferate through the "soaps".

Pick up a needle...paintbrush...colouring pencils....carving tool...ANYTHING...

Just DO IT!

It'll put a smile on your face and make you feel a lot happier.

There...

...rant over....

Enjoy your weekend (hopefully making something :-)

X C


7 comments:

suziqu's thread works said...

My sentiments are totally the same Chris!
Artwork is my life's passion - I just wish the rest of the world could see the value, beauty and love in works from the heart - stitched, painted etc. created by the hands of those that love to create and be appreciated for it too!
We pray for a swing around from all the mass produced stuff - I see it happening here in Australia especially at least with furniture!
Thanks for this wonderful post and the beautiful works of William Morris! x Suzy

Chris Gray said...

Thanks Suzy....I know there are many out there who agree with us. Let's keep hoping......

Caterina Giglio said...

Agreed! It is the same here.. Quite frustrating! Good rant! 😘

Chris Gray said...

Thanks Cat. Maybe more of us should rant more often!! 😁

Living to work - working to live said...

I'll be making something this weekend ( as soon as I've shifted enough stuff to access my work table. Things have got a little out of hand if late.)

Chris Gray said...
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Chris Gray said...

You can do it Boneo Bird!! Enjoy your creative time😀. X