A meditation on slow craft
I often think about our modern day desire to fill our lives with “things” – of how it is an empty path that the seeker embarks upon with the hope of satiating a deeper inner longing and emptiness.
As someone who makes “things” that exist on this material plane, I often feel at odds with this need to promote myself, because I do not want to feed and contribute to this consumer culture. I want people to invest in my brooms as a commitment to uplifting their lives, to tending the cycles, to supporting the slow craft culture and to feeding the slowness of their own lives.
As a craftsperson who deeply believes in keeping traditions alive and the alchemical process of joining different materials together to create something that has purpose, my intention is deeper than just sales.
In each broom that I craft lives a prayer and a piece of my essence, my magic, my purpose. My prayer is that these objects created through my own hands will bring inspiration, and joy, and intention – into the simple practices of our lives.
I truly believe that the real magic lies in these simple tasks that we come back to every day. That which we find rhythm in. Our rituals.
And I also believe that objects have resonance. They are a living embodiment of our values.
When I think about cleansing my space with a mass produced, plastic broom, I feel at odds.
When I cleanse my space with one of the brooms made by my own hands, I feel peace. I feel wholeness. I feel devotion to beauty and nature.
I’d love to hear your perspectives on this musing.