BC’s Coast at the Centre of a Handmade Revolution
From bakers to jewellery makers, artisans seek to offer a counterpoint to capitalism.
A potter gently forms a mound of clay into shape on a wheel. Soft curls of wood gather around a woodworker’s hand planer. A glassmith spins molten glass at the end of a steel blow pipe. A baker explains how much integrity it takes to make the simplest things.
These are some of the intimate portraits of nine artisans featured in A Time for Making, showing at the Creston Public Library on Saturday January 11th at 2pm.
A Time for Making focuses on the importance of artisans for BC’s culture and economy. It peeks inside the studios and home of these artisans painting a powerful portrait of their crafts, ways of live and community. Regardless of their craft, the artisans portrayed in the film show us that making something with your hands is a deeply sensuous skill that is inspired by tradition and fueled by dedication. The film shows us that handmaking is more than work, it is truly a lifestyle.
By focusing on one single community, in A Time for Making shows how making something is not a purely individual activity but a relational one. In making something we make ties with those around us. We are better able to see all the ties that bind makers and consumers together.
We live in world of large manufacturing and global chains of distribution. Very few of us make things. We buy these things because we like them and we appreciate them, there’s a bigger economy and social organization that the film talks about through the stories of these makers, and through a variety of events from markets to fairs, where the making and buying is part of our global culture.
Vannini hopes people who see his film might better appreciate and understand the importance of the local economy and of people who make unique things.
South of our border, we have a political regime screaming at the world to recognize the value of ‘made in America’. Often images of this are limited to large-scale, profitable, earth-raping, mass-manufacturing. It seems like a good time to focus on how made here tends to differ.
Phillip Vannini says he was inspired to make the film to showcase what “made in BC” looks like.
It’s important to us as consumers to see there are lives behind the products we use and buy, and it’s important for British Columbians to tell stories about ourselves that we don’t see in popular media. The artisans in the film teach us that making is not something you do for the money, but rather for the sheer pleasure of living a life fueled by creativity, dedication and passion.
The documentary film matinee series continues the afternoon of Saturday January 11th at 2pm in the Creston Public Library’s meeting room with this film, A Time for Making. Everyone is welcome, admittance is free.
As with all of our documentaries: The views and statements expressed in this film are solely those of the film makers and the other contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Creston Public Library.
Running time 58 minutes, discussion to follow.