As the importance of manual work has declined, we’ve seen an erosion of an entire culture of skills, and ways of thinking, that once brought creativity, meaning, and a visceral sense of satisfaction to the everyday lives of millions.
In Craftsmanship Quarterly, we focus on individuals who are moving in the opposite direction. Some can be found in dusty, old-world shops scattered across the globe, others in gleaming laboratories and manufacturing plants chasing the newest of the new. In each case, they are part of a movement of people who use their heads, their hands, and their hearts to push the boundaries of excellence, and ignite innovation.
We think that value system matters today more than ever. As the U.S. has risen to become the world’s dominant economic model, it has also become its leading throwaway society. And our primary export, if anything, has been a consumer economy based on planned obsolescence. These developments have turned the fundamental concept of quality into an idea that seems either out of reach for most of the world’s population, or simply an abstract topic of discussion. We believe we can reverse this trend.
Craftsmanship can provide people with sustainable jobs—work that is meaningful both emotionally and economically. To this end, The Craftsmanship Initiative pays everyone who contributes to our offerings and programs – our writers, photographers, videographers, and editors; and the designers, web developers, and social media gurus who make sure we live up to our promise.
In the coming year, we hope to expand our programs to include events, apprenticeships, scholarships, awards, and other opportunities that blend the arts with science and industry.