CHRISTMAS CRAFT & HANDMADE MARKETS: KPD will be at the following events along with many other artists and craftspeople. So, come and buy direct from the maker and support small businesses by buying handmade this Christmas!!
So I’m asked why something handmade is so special, and why each piece costs more than a similar item in the high-street shops or why I make it in the first place, I’m often at a loss for an answer. So, I thought I’d gather my thoughts here and try to be prepared and also explain why I do what I do and why I think it is better than buying something mass produced.
Why is something handmade so special?
You are generally getting something that has been lovingly crafted by a human. The pieces are often unique so that instantly makes them more special. They are not produced en mass in factories with a tolerance set so that the naked eye cannot tell the difference between one piece and the next.
Most mass-produced items are seen to just be consumable items, they are not perfect (most of the time) they are designed to have a lifespan and then fail so a new one needs to be purchased. This is where handmade differs. What you are buying is already the best it can be, chances are there is not and never will be another like it. With the billions of people currently inhabiting this planet chances are the item that you have bought will be absolutely unique, there will not be anything like it anywhere else. It is perfect to both the seller and the purchaser, even with any tiny flaws and imperfections.
Buying handmade supports local craft industries and people, wherever you buy it. The price you pay for it is exactly what you see – there are no hidden costs. The revenue stays within the country and people are not out of work but working in their business either as individuals or groups. Taxes are paid, money is generated and the overall impact on our economy is huge.
Handmade items should be a celebration of everything good that we can accomplish. As we all know one size does not fit all, and not everyone likes the same things, this is what handmade is all about, creating the items that are not the same, or not mass produced, and are not “throw away”. The skill, love and technical knowledge of each maker goes into each design and each item, the love and hours of toil are in there for all to see.
An image I have shared several times on Social Media always explains it best to me: ‘Leave the mass produced ‘tat’ on the supermarket shelves this year! Support local artists, designers and maker, visit craft fairs and craft markets and buy some beautiful handmade gifts and decorations this year!’