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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Gifts from the hands


I recently read a blog advocating people not buy anything for a day or more.

I do not have a problem with people shopping, or buying - let's face it, I need buyers to survive as an artist. I guess I would just advocate that people stop and slow down, and make choices based on heart, versus what corporate marketers point out as trends that one must have to look right and feel better. There is so much of the same out there, not only in clothes, but in music, big box stores, cars, advertising, children's books. I can't tell the Kmart ads from Target anymore - all use red and the same feeling music. The masses seem to be walking around in the same post beatnik black/grey outfits and driving home to their houses with Ikea kitchens and Dwell furniture.

Not everyone wants a hand sewn raggedy doll, or a piece of art. That's ok. It's ok to buy a sweater, even one made from another country. But there is a choice, and the consumer does have power. But hearing people advocating not buying for a whole day makes the struggling artist and farmer feel lousy. Small business owners struggle.

So, even if you have a Dwell looking home, with post modern furniture, these raggedy wands will add an eclectic feel - your guests will wonder where you purchased them. And you can tell them you found them through a blog of an artist who lives with donkeys and wears aprons and rubber boots.

3 comments:

salmonpoetry said...

have you seen the 'buy handmade' pledge for the holidays?
it is at
www.buyhandmade.org

Beverly said...

i read a blog from France and she is not buying for a year! Except food. She even is using washable toliet tissue. No kidding. She makes cat food from fish heads. I could not do that....

Carter said...

Ah...I have just stumbled upon your blog for the first time. Thanks for the lovely tip on Buy Handmade. What a beautiful concept! I have signed my name and blogged about it as well. Thanks!
Carter

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