The Beauty of Handmade vs Digital Perfection

The Beauty of Handmade vs Digital Perfection

Grace Shu
Oct 18, 2007

This past weekend, we found ourselves at Pasadena's very own "Art Night," which was comprised of fledgling young artists from the area displaying their wares--photographs of vintage bikes, drawings of comical characters, silkscreens of political messages, and one really, really strange table that had tribal tattoo patterns engraved in silver. But in all honesty, we were a little taken by the fact that many of the art that's being put out in the world is less handpainted and more digitally collaged. After dwelling on this over gelato, we got very worked up on the value of "handmade."

And while we can't recount our rant here (it would be far too long, with a lot of swear words, about 231 mentions of Etsy--and really, it's just not the same with the hand gestures and big arm movements), we felt it would be nice to hear what you have to say on the subject: Is handmade better just for the sake of sentimentality?

One of our favorite artists: Margaret Kilgallen, Sloe, 1999.

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