Sunday, July 19, 2009

Artisan Lifestyle

ar·ti·san (Websters definiton)
Pronunciation: \ˈär-tə-zən, -sən, chiefly British ˌär-tə-ˈzan\ Function: noun Etymology: Middle French, from northern Italian dialect form of Tuscan artigiano, from arte art, from Latin art-, ars Date: 1538
1 : a worker who practices a trade or handicraft : craftsperson 2 : one that produces something (as cheese or wine) in limited quantities often using traditional methods

— ar·ti·san·al \-zə-nəl, -sə-, -ˈza-\ adjective
— ar·ti·san·ship \-ˌship\ noun

We are Artisan. Typically artisans practice traditional artistic pursuits as well…..painters, sculptors, potters, dancers, musicians, actors …and the list goes on. We don’t really live by modern consumerist rules. Our homes are usually filled with the fruits of our own creativity. When friends drop by to chat they are entertained by the art on the walls while being served homemade wine and bread baked in our own ovens.. Our homes smell of linseed oil, sawdust and cinnamon.. We wear hand knitted sweaters and keep warm under quilts made of old blue jeans. We are determinist in our thinking, our awareness of cause and effect higher than that of the average person. We know that what we do makes a difference in the world. We reuse recycle and repurpose without being told. We are functional . We are patient. We know that what we produce with our own hands is far more valuable than that which is mass produced. We drive 8 year old cars because our self worth is tied to what we produce not what we drive. We understand technology and adapt it to suit our lifestyle, not the other way around. We are Artisan.

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