Thursday, 31 January 2013

The Hands

For this entry I have included a link to a video by Herm├Ęs "Hearts and Crafts" not only for its impeccable production but because it resonates with the beauty of craftsmanship that derives from a well expressed idea through the hands.
It's interesting to see how manual skills have not gone out of trend but on the contrary, are well sought after by some of the most prestigious brands. This places the value of the artisan's intervention alongside technology, valuing both entities as a binomial collaboration.

Moreover, the artisan's work brings to our attention that remarkable designs are not altogether that far from a touch of the human soul. The people interviewed along the clip share a vivid account of the aforementioned. Their dedication and outstanding precision make use of a range of tools, from a hammer or a needle and thread, etc to the most sophisticated software. The pride they take in their work is inspiring.

Additionally, there is a playful picture that corresponds to my own hands after being sank in paint.


Eyes wide open

When working on a three- dimensional piece, you observe with your hands what had been preconceived and drafted. There is an intuitive feel at your fingertips that enables the idea to be carried out.
Once the sculpture is finished, you look at it from all its angles: walk around it, bend, stand tip-toed, reach with the hand to gently move or tilt it and see how the shadows move along too. The sculpture causes you to move, to observe, to be surprised.
The idea has come to life, so much life that you are moving along with it.