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How Craftsmanship Is Making a Comeback

Published: August 20, 2012
The rise of careful craftsmanship is one of the more interesting trends that has gained traction over the last few years.

Local CraftsYou can see it in the repurposing of vintage furniture and found objects, which become unique home d├ęcor objects in the hands of a skilled craftsman. You can see it in the 100-mile movement, with its emphasis on local, home-grown food and its extension into handmade crafts produced by local artisans. And you can see it in craft circles, artists' collectives and local artisans' markets, which are thriving across North America. Even interior designers are seeking out craftspeople for special projects, and the website, which connects clients to craftspeople, boasts some 36,000 completed projects.

The trend does in fact reflect a desire for unique items, but another possible stimulus is the decline in the quality of today's manufactured goods, which has sparked consumer interest in well-made and long-lasting products.

Today's consumers want to know what they're purchasing, where it came from and how it's being made. "They demand to be informed of every step of the process, for it is the only way to be sure that you are purchasing a quality product," comments CustomMade's Heather Bailey on Their products may have a modern twist, but today's artisans channel their colleagues from the crafts movement of the early 20th century. While modern technology offers them easy access to information and networking, their passion for creating and pride of workmanship reflect the values of bygone days, with unique and amazing results..

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