Many of the pieces available to buy via TheMakerPlace.co.uk are made slowly. Making by hand takes time, ancient artisan skills take time to learn and perfect, natural materials take time to grow and be harvested, clay takes time to fire and hand-weaving a piece of cloth can take days not hours.
Because these things take time to make, they require more thought; someone who spends two days creating something, naturally puts as much thought, care and attention as possible into that object. It is this intentionality that shines through in the careful design and craftsmanship of the most beautiful handmade objects and it is this intentionality, the time-taken, that makes these objects that much more meaningful.
As I discover more about how some of the pieces we sell are made; the painstaking attention to detail, the years of training and practice each craftsman undergoes to perfect their art, I am constantly reminded of the power of taking the time to do things well. TheMakerPlace.co.uk is all about celebrating the slowness of the stuff made by some of the UK’s best makers.
Of course, Slow Living is not a new concept but it’s an idea that I am increasingly drawn to. Whilst it would be nice to think I could completely shift to a slower pace, with the demands of work, children, friends and family, for me, it’s not a realistic goal. What I do more of now is try to make time in the midst of all the other things, to find moments of ‘slow’; small pieces of time to enjoy taking my time.
One of the things that really helps me slow down and connect with things more deeply is just to take the time to embrace and consciously appreciate all of the little things in life that it’s often so easy to overlook when you’re rushing from here to there.
Outside of our house there’s a large verge that’s been left to grow and the grass is all going to seed; it’s a beautiful sight, especially in the morning and evening when the light shines through the grasses. I walk past it several times a day and on the spur of the moment decided to pick a handful of grasses and wild flowers. Taking five minutes to pick the flowers, carry them into the house and put them in water has given me hours of pleasure, as every time I look at them, I can’t help but smile at my own mini-meadow!
Let’s speed-up the slow stuff revolution by making time to take it slowly whenever we can!