Hands are so significant in our lives. Holding hands – a wonderful thing. Shaking hands – so much importance is placed on this simple act in our society. What part of the body do you “take” in marriage? The hand, of course, upon which the ring is placed. For some of us our hands are our primary form of communication, but even those of us who do not sign use our hands to say far more than we realise.
When we make something with our hands all that significance goes into the object. The word “manual” comes from the Latin for hand (and what do we call our guide? A manual or a “hand”book). The process – using the hands – can be just as important as the final product. Whether we knead, shape, paint, stitch or create in some other way, using our hands is a therapeutic process.
And that is why I love the handmade. The product is unique and often it tells a story. It is a story about the other things the hands were doing at that time, as if their memories were transferred as part of the process. Like a photo that captures life at a certain moment, the product is imbued with that moment and cannot be replicated. It has a life of its own.
Nikki at My Black Cardigan is giving away 5 copies of Handmade Melbourne. Quick get over there and tell her why you love all things handmade for your chance to win.