April 22, 2011
“We try to keep the traditional handcrafting techniques alive in our company, to preserve them not only for our company but also for society in general. Certain techniques would be lost to [humankind] if they did not have the chance to survive here in our workshops, where they are put to good use, to create not-so-traditional things but still using traditional techniques.
The preservation of the skills happens in the hands of our [craftspeople] who are glad to pass them on to their younger colleagues, and the younger [craftspeople] eagerly pick up the techniques, the theoretical part and the small …
Source: Vienna Apprenticeships reported by Monocle
August 7, 2009
Acting teaches me so much about theater. I played George in ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ in Atlanta. That’s a play I have known intimately my whole life. But until you really crawl inside of it and see how it works, it’s not part of you. I know I’m a better playwright as a result of acting.
Playwright and Actor
Source: Tracy Letts: “August’s” Family Guy by Richard Zoglin, TIME
April 10, 2009
Gadi Amit, Founder and Designer of NewDealDesign: “Craft is not only recognized in Italy, it is celebrated. It isn’t just the craft of a weekend hobbyist; it’s a tradition of craft that has built cars, furniture, and fashion, and served as the foundation of an entire economy. As the work day is winding down, scores of Ferrari workers walk the streets of Maranello wearing their work jackets. The sense of pride in that great tradition of excellence in craft and design is palpable throughout this small Italian town. … Beyond macro economics or social politics, the values of craft are the foundation of design excellence. It is not just the ability to make an exquisite object; it’s the deep cultural recognition that craft is form of wisdom—the wisdom of the hand.”
Source: “Craft, the Wisdom of the Hand” by Gadi Amit
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