If you’re going to write a piece elsewhere than on your blog (and actually get it published), isn’t it just nice to share it with your blogging community? Yup, I thought so 😉
I’d stumbled upon Craftsmanship Initiative a few years ago, and something about the content touched me deeply. Up until then, I sometimes felt as if I was floundering in, and unable to keep up with, all the ramping up in the hi-octane-tech world. Everything was going digital. And accelerating to the point that it made me dizzy.
By leaning into Craftsmanship, I felt like I was joining the resistance. I would take the time to read, learn about and savour traditional crafts, and the dedicated detail-oriented masters that were either toiling in their long-held trade, or traded the corporate world stiletto life for a more earthbound one: *making* objects using their hands; with the full force of their imagination and attention to skill.
And then, since I’d become a devotee, I pitched the editor a story idea – about ec o- friendly Ogoh-Ogoh monsters (you can read a 2014 blog post about these Balinese ogres right here). Which she liked, and which over time, morphed into a photo essay. Finally, throughout the highs, lows and uncertainties of this pandemic period, it saw the light of day.
Big thanks to the master craftspeople who invited me into their compounds – Apel Hendrawan, Udianata, Chloe Quinn, and the wizards at Make a Scene! – where glorious ogres were being fashioned out of nature’s ingredients: Bravo to all of you for weaving magic out of nature’s bounty!