Friday, June 29, 2007

Slow making websites & blogs

Things are moving very slowly here at Slow Making - not entirely intentionally. However, it hasn't been deserted.

One of the key benefits of the web is the ability to be able to engage with a milieu through links - which can lead you to some fantastic places, and raise notions & thoughts & engagements difficult to replicate through other medium.

For makers and designers interested in the idea of Slow Making, peeking into the world of other makers or artists is invaluable. How do other people address the problems of ethically procuring materials? Balancing the contemplative making process with the pressures of making a living? Presenting their work, selling their work ethically? As well as the visual richness of other work, other solutions and other processes.

The web has also thrown up some intriguing possibilities about communication generally. Websites & blogs offer the maker a platform to present their work & their philosophies in a far more direct and unmediated way than the usual means. Rather than marketing slickness, demographic targets and sales results, a maker's blog or website can be about the specific of practice, place and principle.

So - if you are a maker, artist or designer who has their own website or blog that you think reflects a making philosophy within the Slow Making gambit, either email your url or post it in comments. We will put up a list of Slow Making blogs & websites in the right hand sidebar of the blog. And we will check & monitor them to keep out the gremlins as much as possible.

3 Comments:

Blogger owlfarmer said...

I found this site via a comment on a recent article in Orion magazine, and am already enthusiastic about its possibilities. I've already taken the liberty of linking the site to my own blog, Owl's Farm, and again on the series of "design to heal the world" posts aimed at my design students (graphics, web, fashion, and, peripherally, culinary arts and interior design). I love the serendipity of life on the web, and discovering Slow Making has proved fortuitous.

Good luck with the enterprise.

11:46 pm  
Anonymous MandyC said...

Hello,
Just discovered your site and the "Slow movement" philosophy (which has been my own but without the fancy title).
I am a slow maker striving to be a contender in our market economy of mass production, cheap overseas labor and fast-paced production, while simultaneously breaking all of these rules.
This is what I make:
http://www.mandinka.etsy.com

I'm loving reading your blog!
Mandy Curl
Mandinka Designs

4:50 am  
Anonymous slowstuff said...

returning after a year... final year at university in england and revisiting your blog as I research for my dissertation on slow making and planning my place in the world.. hope all going well down under...please visit my blog!

4:15 am  

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