The world wants to be touched.
Touch, change, move, shape. The world is just waiting for us. And we have the power, the strength, the joy and the will to play with it. You can call it work. I would rather call it life. Being human. Because only when we feel that we are active, that we can make a difference, can we feel truly alive. We are not at the mercy of others, not helpless. On the contrary, we can become active, change what we don't like.
Craftsmanship is living change
That is precisely what fascinates us so much about craftsmanship. It is more than a mere occupation. It is a way of relating to the world. A world full of things that are mobile, that are just waiting for our intervention. This working life calls to the material, to the resources. And they respond.
A horizon of possibilities
Sociologist Hartmut Rosa writes: "Be it kneading the dough in the bakery, sawing the boards in the carpentry shop, working the soil in the nursery, writing on the paper in the writing workshop, or interpreting an experiment in the chemistry lab - each produces its own dingresonance." A dingresonance. Rosa understands this as a horizon of possibilities that the material opens up. Possibilities, that is, that arise through the nature of the material.
The gold we use speaks to us. In its own way. It opens its own horizon. Without the recycled gold, there can be no piece of jewelry from Maren Jewellery at all. Because it is not only the artistic creativity, not the idea itself that leads to the piece of jewelry, but everything begins in the material.
Spirit, gold and more
The material already suggests the desire to make the best of it. The shine, the smell and not least the knowledge of what others have already created from gold create a line on the horizon that wants to be shifted: by one's own possibilities. Then the question begins: What can my mind, my skill, my passion create in interaction with this material?
The talking material
Rosa: "Between plants and gardeners, between books and scholars, between boards and carpenters, dough and bakers, violin and violinist, genuine response relations are formed in the sense characteristic of resonant world relations." The material with which the craftsman works seems to meet him, to respond. Material, tool, hand. An almost magical relationship.
The world challenges us: to change. Its materiality is an invitation: to lend a hand. The constant change of the world a task: to exert influence. We have hands and the world has material. Let's make something out of it.
Written by: Moritz Hackl
Moritz is a copywriter, blogger and journalist living in Munich.
More than anything else, he likes to write about the beautiful things in life-
such as about sustainable jewellery.