In a world where, as it is now a common observation, everything has sped up and where Time has become a kind of luxury, a resource we lack the most, we’re witnessing an absurdity – despite all the advantages that come with the development of technology, despite all the conveniences of daily routines that should supposedly give us more time for ourselves – we still lack time or, when we have it, don’t know what to do with it. Why is that so?
It seems to be happening due to excessive mechanization, automation, and shortcuts facilitated by technology. It all started with machines that had been designed to help us finish our work easier and faster. “Easier” sounds philanthropic, doesn’t it? But what about doing everything faster? Is faster living our friend or our enemy? Where are we rushing? Is it something we choose or is there no will of our own?
Algorithms Vs. Creativity
Nowadays we have algorithms that predict us so successfully that they know us better than we know ourselves. It seems that over time we have become used to reaching out to AI world of data for fast help. What if the fast and easy carries a danger of damaging both our intelligence and our creativity? Killing one’s imagination is almost equivalent to not being alive at all. How can we resist the algorithms shaping us, and be the ones shaping reality instead?
It’s as if all that wants to replace us, human intelligence and imagination is actually doing something else – it numbs us.
Humans doing the hard jobs on minimum wage while the robots write poetry and paint is not the future I wanted
— Karl Sharro, architect & satirist 👉 twitter: @KarlreMarks
From that perspective, the idea of progress is a concept, and the direction of movement is retrograde, no matter how much we think we are advancing.
Handmade Art – The Energy Flows
That’s why we have chosen handmade art as our way of communication with other human beings. Every handcrafted work implies not only skill but also attention and dedication from the person who creates it. With attention comes a presence that is woven into every element of the process. This might be the main advantage of handmade art – it is reciprocal and complementary. Self engagement revives. The effort put into hand crafting a dog collar yields gifts, it enriches us all. And we believe this is important. By approaching what we do in this way, we create a network of exchange, not just on a material level but also express respect for the one who purchases such an item. Perhaps, this is the only solution, a reasonable & sustainable response to living in the world that is quickly becoming less humane.
So slow down with us, take your time and enjoy the process of hand crafting. We would love to get to know you and hear about the special bond you have with your dog(s). We want to make your purchase special and memorable because we believe that kind personal initiatives and philanthropic microcosms, scattered like stars in the sky, can light up our future. Cheers!