Thursday, January 27, 2011

Joy of Work - Art and Craft

Here comes again..writing and writing about my opinion..somehow i m confuse that i m say the right word or I am just mumbling without contain any of art. ( worried about what would Pn suzi say in the class next week actually )

okey enough for " merepek" ..lets talk again about em... JOY Of WORK. i always starting with make some assumption for defining these word before i straight narrow down to the topic. Where do we hear about Joy of Work ? At office? Studio? or factory? "happiness with gaining experience" ..yeah thats should labellings it.

Actually i just wants to share my opinion about ARt and Craft in Art  Nouveau  that originated in england and it influencing back by William Morris in 1896 . ( something like that la..actually ) Who is William Morris? He actually was textile designer ,artist, writer and socialist. Early industries in Europe has began to revive as new Modern Art Revolution. It also means the machines will be involving in any particular of art industries. 

Somehow and somewhere , i really wants to know what is the different doing art with using hands or create it with machines. For me, it can comes with both at the same times. but the value and aesthetic coming out from the awareness of an artist and craftsmen.If it's  for industries, machines is the suitable for upgrading back the economy. 

But what happen during Art Nouveau is the an artist does not  want to use machines as for their masterpiece. they think it against their Principe and Art's law.But different with new society artist which in that time , they try to re changing all art into simplicity and modern. It means all the aesthetic like  "kerawang- kerawang' will be not appear it anymore. How sadness it same goes to malaysian. The traditional house nowadays can count with finger because the adaption of western culture. Sometimes when we look in our modernism , actually the aesthetic from traditional culture can make more interesting because of the value . 

After all, with creating the simplicity element in art sometimes its shows different the critical thinking in analytical design which means.. the way of an artist in that times are more professional because they understand with details about the ideas, influences from nature , the figure of flora and fauna ..

 lets look at the malaysian traditional 




Malaysian traditional house usually were created for multipurpose based on the geographical , environment and culture .We already knows that malaysia always facing natural disaster example flood disaster .That is why, we can see the craftsmen will analyze first before they build the traditional house. Each malaysian house in that time, have many pillars so can be support the house and also avoiding from get entering by flood. In the interior , we can see there is partitions which dividing the gender. Religion element also be a part of  this malays house. 



Malaysian houses nowadays are different. All be done by cement and wood decorating for interior. I did not say there are no more malaysian traditional house in contemporary way, but what i am trying to say is , ..in pursuit the modernism, sometimes the designers  forgot the historical  like the example i just give it , the word " facing the " natural disaster " and if comparing to the both house, the suitable solution still pointing at the malaysian traditional house just because of the multipurpose which can be avoid during face the flood and another function is can mobilizing to others place. 



Do you all understand what i am trying to say? why i am suddenly taking malaysian traditional house as my example for this topic? i am saying this because this is the differentiability between doing the production or doing by personal ( referring to art and craft movement in context joy of work )..when doing art or design by personal an artist, we can see the details and finishing master piece are so clean , smooth, tremendous comparing to production which only for marketing business and supply immediately without input creativity and fine skills.

ok lets talk art and craft movement 

As we already know from others blog, the Arts and Crafts Movement was an international design movement that originated  in England and flourished between 1880 and 1910. This movement embarking with  continuing the  influence until  the 1930 . William Morris has becoming the pioneer as the artist and writer  in 1834 - 1896 after get inspired from John Ruskin 's writings(1819–1900).

" The movement advocated truth to materials and traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration. It also proposed economic and social reform and has been seen as essentially anti-industrial " - ( wikipedia .org)

From this statement, william morris actually feel unsatisfied with the production industrial  , which is obligate him to change the direction and make revolution industries. There is the other part of Morris 's  story about the reason he choose to make the revolution and the reason was about his house were made for his wife at the first marriage which the finishing of his house does not reach his standard and he decided with join some team designers and artist including socialist to revive back the craft movement.





ok enough for art and movement huhu we go back to our topic ..joy of work..so have you seen the connection between production and personal masterpiece? actually in industries really need both .. Quality and Qualtity create a magnificence product design.


BUT... I still remember the slide from Pn Suzy class..during Industrial Revolution, there is something , something kinda chaos in that time. Too much machines  driving all the peoples in village changing  their mind set to remove from village into the town for continuing life . For the first time, there are getting good result until they continue producing a mass material which effecting back to their environment. Poverty condition killings their emotion and their also getting another problem such as space living, hygienist and food. They are nothing more like a robot which only wake up for doing the jobs, eats and sleep in poorly and dirty bed and will continuing for the next day..No FUN At All..SUCk!!! I rather stay in the jungle from having the cramp like this.





 after  they realize they had make so much mistake, they returning and changing their plans and setup back for their future.

huhu ,,that is my view and if someone don;t understand..please contact me hehe..:)

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