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Fans for the Hot Season

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The times we live in are not much interested in the possibility of ordinary beauty. Despite the gorgeous buildings and print media that have appeared over the last half-century or so, beauty remains a guest in our commercial culture. The disappearance of the crafts–at least as a serious source of income–might be the cause of this. Beauty could be defined as a kind of inefficiency–a departure from pattern and expectation that raises handicraft to the level of art. But how to charge for genius? The playbill designed by Hokusai and sold for a few coins brings $1 million at a London auction. Could there be someway to enable people to make objects of daily utility–fans, clothing, tableware–that are beautiful and affordable? Perhaps this would revitalize the world economy.   RT

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RT’s Related Posts: A Holy Tradition of Working.

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Image: Five Fans; Hokusai. WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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