Making by hand!
It's part of your essential human nature to make by hand. But modern day humans don't make by hand like they did even 100 years ago! And for that we as modern humans suffer. When we make by hand in present times we benefit.
The science behind Make by Hand benefits...
20 years ago I stumbled across a powerfully influential book “A Search for Society” by Robin Fox, a professor of anthropology at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Fox’s seminal focus is that humans, living alongside other members of the animal kingdom, were at the peak of their “human-ness” 60K years ago. Certainly our ancestral human cousins made by hand to survive! What if you were to join the ranks of the present day creators who thrive and report a sense of well-being and
increased self-esteem as they work their craft?
Certainly no one would suggest that post-modern society return to anything resembling prehistoric living! In fact, Jared Diamond in his book, “The World Until Yesterday” remarks at how quickly and completely the stone-age Papuan tribes discovered by Western civilization explorers in the 1930s had, in 2 generations, left their prehistoric culture in the jungles of New Guinea. The humans left the Stone Age lifestyle, but they did not leave behind what makes them uniquely human; the cognitive capacity to create with the brain and the physiology to express with the hands.
Furthermore, Frank Wilson shares my thought that 21st century humans continue to share the same unique brain-hand system with opposable thumb as any ancestors 3000 generations to the past. Frank Wilson, author of "The Hand" brings us this quote.
As a neurologist, Wilson sees no disconnect between these different body areas. As a maker, you can seamlessly work hand and brain for mindful health and wellness outcomes. That is the way that Hand is Brain and Brain is Hand.
Tim Ingold, professor of Anthropology at University of Aberdeen in Scotland, joins with Wilson's similar observation that
"Mind is Hand and Hand is Mind"-Tim Ingold
In his book, "Making", Ingold references the hand made fossil record as an origin for his thoughts on Art, Archeology, Anthropology and Architecture. He has his students make by hand in basketry and weaving as a method of deeply accessing the historical essence of their modern humanity. Finding yourself with a new identity or personal insight can be a result of a make by hand effort.
With all this science, thought and research to support your effort, what is keeping you from starting?
So…have you started your creative journey? What are you waiting for? What will you be making next?