Work by Wilfred
Handmade tables exhibited during Dutch Design Week 2016 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Hand on heart
Our hands help us to express what is in our heads and hearts. We can show kindness or disdain with our hands just as easily as we can put this into words. So apart from signing, which is a very direct and immediate form of language (like talking is), we can say things with our hands in more permanent ways too.
You only shake hands with a person you like or whose trust you want to win. And why is waving such a wonderful gesture? Like a silent chuckle of contentment. It doesn’t matter if you know the person who waves at you or not. Applause lights a fire in the heart of every performer. So intoxicating that it is worth more to them than all the money in the world. Although handling such praise can be tricky.
Artists paint pictures and sculpt with their hands. Work by artisans often has traces of marks left by their hands that enriches the piece. These marks record the time it took to make an object and often tell you when it was made. If you know how to unravel the clues. Giving an object an origin as well as a use.
Handmade things made by designers are made out of conviction and from a need to share with others. They are the result of a performance of thought and skilled hands coming together in the thunderous silence of the finished object. A statement to bring contentment to others. Made to be handed from one generation to the next.
Hand on heart.