A project from the Bureau of Common Goods, Made by Hand was created out of the belief that the things we collect, consume, use, and share are part of who we are as individuals. For example, the food that we eat says something about each of us, as do the tools we use and the chairs we rest on. Objects that surround the space we dwell in tell stories, and not just about us. Where did they come from? Who made them? How were they made?
Each film aims to promote that which is made locally, sustainably, and with a love for craft. Based in Brooklyn, the project takes its influence from the handmade movement here and elsewhere. We hope you find the spirit of it inspiring.
I just watched their film on writer turned knife maker, Joel Bukiewicz. Pretty awesome – both the film and the knives Joel makes by hand (obviously).
I’m seeing more and more examples of a return to the analogue in our digital, multi-touch world. It’s the resurgence in letterpress printing in the last 10 years. It’s the Edison light bulbs I see in boutiques and restaurants and homes. It’s services providing locally produced and chemical-free foods. I see it in everything on Etsy. I see it on Kickstarter. I see in the the wooden iPhone and iPad cases made by Karvt.
People are craving all things hand made more than ever.
The Internet continues both reinvent and dismantled entire industries, but there’s one thing it can’t do – make things by hand.