Being Thrifty And The Return To Craft
We are moving into a Protestant cycle. Out is over indulgence, overspending, and decadence, instead it is replaced with control, thrift and simplicity. The pressures for this return are economic (the credit crunch), environmental (a concern about global climate change), and social (a concern for the distribution of resources) mixed with a belief that you can’t have it all now and pay later. Clothes in Primark cost less than they do in a charity shop. Designer handbags are an everyday items. The average wedding costs £20k. When we have over consumed we always welcome a time of abstinence. Though it isn’t true abstinence we change our shopping to make us feel cleaner more virtuous. The return of craft and being real.
This return to being thrifty is seen in many guises, canvas shopping bags, rise of vintage, rise of handmade, organic food, home brew, craft beers, beards, free range, local produce, seasonal eating, riding bikes, Freecycle, ebay, allotments, even crochet. The secret is good quality with integrity not artificial low cost. So as we become more thrifty we will see the rise of craft. This is not an unusual cycle we see it again and again before with the Arts and Crafts as a reaction to industrialisation. The 70’s followed the 60’s with pottery, macramé, handmade clothes, the start of the health food shop.
Enjoy it while you can. Be thrifty, eat soup, make jam, knit blankets, buy a wood burning stove, grow a beard, learn to whistle and ride your bike. Remember after abstinence we will return to overindulgence, gluttony, and decadence just look at the 1920’s with the Bright young things and the 1980’s with yuppies. History has a habit of repeating.