article by Lee of OneClayBead
We're all likely to buy a wedding or anniversary gift soon. This year I'm thinking of how my spending affects our troubled economy, and I'm joining the Handmade Revolution. Think about it! In buying this gorgeous four quart casserole by HodakaPottery, this distinctive Lavender Pillow by BlueTerracotta, or masterful solid oak turned bowl by holzfurhaus, 100% of your money goes directly to the artist, and directly into the Real Economy. 0% goes to CEO bonuses, golden parachutes, third world sweat shops, corporate irresponsibility, or any of the other depressing topics we were happy to never hear about until we were forced to last October of 2009.
solid oak turned bowl by holzfurhaus
It's better for our planet, too. Stoneware pottery made in an artisan studio will far outlive commercial dinnerware, and it uses less energy to produce. A good fabric artist or woodworker will always produce more durable goods with less waste than manufactured products. And some artisans specialize in the use of recycled materials, such as FolkArtVision, in her HeartLines mixed media art. Some artisans have clever upcycled lines- check out the vintage train case by GetReadySetGO.
Heart Lines mixed media art by folkartvision
Vintage Train Case by GetReadySetGo
Will I be spending more??? Will I be hi-jacked by my conscience, morals, ethics, and general soft-heartedness into doing The Right Thing? Heck, no! These 6 pc napkin rings by Humblebea are $21. Pretty much what I'd spend at an upscale corporate retail chain. The original acrylic painting by JessicaTorrant, titled Collective Support is $200. What an incredible value!
Napkin Rings by Humblebea
Original Acrylic Painting by Jessica Torrant
It's all pretty sweet. I used to just make stuff and love to shop, but now I'm a revolutionary! Because how you spend your money is very powerful.
Have you thought of yourself as a revolutionary, as part of the Real Economy, and as an alternative to corporate consumerism?
by Lee/ OneClayBead