I am conflicted over what home manufacturing technology has done to art and craft shows. You reach a point where the laser-cut, machined, etc goods are essentially factory-made, because the individual has set up a small factory in their garage, and is churning out machine-made goods and calling them hand-made. Even more of a problem when you recognize designs as something purchased... the "creator" is not using their own creativity.


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But on the other hand, I also recognize that I don't have a laser-cutter, etc and if someone isn't doing the manufacturing for me, I couldn't have access to that thing.

But it does feel like this middle-ground has cheapened craft shows, ren faires, etc. because it feels like there is less connection with creative people, because the person putting in the creative work often isn't the person manufacturing and selling the goods.


I expect this is just going to become more and more of a thing, as "home manufacturing" becomes even more affordable, reliable and capable.

I don't buy slip-cast pottery, because I want to see the marks of hand-making in the goods... I want that emotional connection. And that's probably the thing that is bothering me the most here... the _maker_ has no emotional connection because they are not creating art, they are manufacturing goods.


@CarlCravens OTOH, the pinmaker's primary business is the monster bags. So being able to "mass manufacture" booth filler means you can pick up the income in between the big-ticket items without having to outright buy stuff for resale.

@gamehawk And there's definitely that mix. And the pins are actually creative, when she and her friends are coming up with the sayings.

And I'm not saying these folks don't put in _work_. Just that the work is more manufacturing than it is art or craft. There's a place for manufacturing. The renfaire isn't a terrible place for it.

And there _are_ artists who are using these tools very creatively, so it's not about the tools so much as it is about the creativity of the work.

@gamehawk And I'm certainly not saying I don't _like_ any of it. I still like, say, dice trays with store-bought embroidery designs in them.

@CarlCravens Like you, I have mixed feelings about this kind of stuff at craft and art fairs, but I do like what it's done for having a variety of things available at other types of markets, because a lot of farmers markets or festivals allow and encourage locally manufactured items.

@erinbee I like the variety, and I but some of it. I just worry about it driving out the stuff I like more.

@erinbee In his defense, he gets to follow me around any given craft show while I go "ah, Urban Threads. String Theory. That one's Craft Genesis. Embroidery Library. More Urban Threads, I have that one. Emfreudery..." just basically continuously.

A couple of the pins in question (the laser-etched ones; pork roll and Gritty are pre-existing flair from other shows; my Philly pretzel pin disappeared and my Raspberry Pi pin lost its back so I gotta get out the locking ones. Also only the high-functioning introvert one is actually on the strap, I dunno what we're gonna do with the too-close one since kid doesn't want it).

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