Project Artisan: A personal journey of discovery
I was talking to a neighbour of mine a few weeks ago. He’s a fellow creative, an artist, but his medium is metal. He’s a fabricator, skilled in the manufacture of bespoke products in wrought iron, steel, aluminium and many others. Most of the time his skills will be used in the production of mundane items – security grills, custom made electric gates and the like. However, sometimes a project comes along that gets his creative juices flowing, and it was whilst talking about jobs like this that the word cropped up – Artisan.
What does that word mean in today’s world? In my mind it seems to be over-used, applied to anything and everything, to imply some kind of prestige or status, even sausages! We know what the dictionary says and we know that it has medieval origins – carpenters, tailors, ropemakers through to potters, locksmiths, gunsmiths and even nailsmiths, to name but a few. It was in these trades that through experience and aptitude a craftsman could reach the expressive level of an artist – an Artisan.
I became interested in whether, in this modern world of high technology and automated high volume production, that there was still demand for these artists and wanted to get the root of what makes a modern artisan.
So over the coming months and possibly years I will be going on a journey, and hopefully restore my own faith, that there are still craftsmen out there, brave enough, skilled enough and expressive enough to hold the mantle of Artisan.
Join me on my journey below …..
If you were to meet John Turner, you would never guess what he creates, but when you see it you find it hard to believe. He's been a butcher, he's been a joiner and he's even driven trucks amongst other things. All are perfectly believable and unsurprising, but when...