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The Handmade Process : between garage & factory. (Part 1)

The Handmade Process : between garage & factory. (Part 1)

  Somewhere between the shiny-moulded-mass-produced-plastic-wrapped slick- corporate-wares and made-it-in-my-garage-in-under-an-hour-sorry-about-the-paint-splatter, is the sweet spot for handmade goods. Finding that spot is not easy. You want your handmade goods to look.... er well.....handmade, but with a standard of fit and finish that mass produced items don't possess. From concept to build creating a handmade item takes time and persistence.   The initial design phase allows you to be creative, without concern for either time or cost, this is the fun stage when you can play and do all the things that attracted you to this process in the first place. There are...

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Handmade markets: It's as much about the 'How' as the 'What'.

  With the increasing popularity of the handmade market consumers have shown a real preference for goods created by individuals or small home based businesses. The attraction is not only in the originality of the wares, but in supporting the resurgence of a viable production-based economy. We can trace this back to the 100 mile diet / locavore / farm to table movements in the food industry. While they may not have been the first, they certainly brought a consciousness to consumer spending that had evaporated through much of the 80's & 90's.     Taking out the multiple layers...

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