Handmade Items as Works of Art
Works of Art
College dorm rooms all over the world are not exactly known for their décor, but even a cursory survey will note that many if these rooms contain posters of famous art works. Whether the poster features a Leonardo, a Cezanne, a Van Gogh, or a Rembrandt is immaterial. But the fact remains that these kinds of posters are popular. After all, they’re not all that expensive.
You can’t say the same thing about the original art works, however. Paintings by anyone of the aforementioned artists are nowadays worth millions of dollars. Some of them, such as the painting of the Mona Lisa, are literally priceless because they will never ever be sold.
This is an extreme situation, but it parallels the contrast between products that were manufactured in assembly lines in factories and items that were lovingly handmade by skilled craftsmen. Products you can buy that were churned out by factories are often extremely cheap, not just in price but also in quality and uniqueness. Each factory-made product is essentially the same, and what you buy will be the exact copy that others buy as well. It parallels the posters in the college dorms, because a poster of the Mona Lisa in One room will be the same as another poster across the country.
But an item that was, for example, hand made in Michigan will be unique. When you purchase that item handmade in Michigan, you will be receiving a virtual work of art. This is the true value of handmade items.
We can make a difference! Michigan residents must realize this and consider buying locally whenever possible. Here’s to you . . . . here’s to our Great Lake State of Michigan!!