G29 – Natural and artificial

The second journey for Garland aims to bring thinkers and makers from different cultures together in building bridges to connect the two halves of our wider world. The December 2022 issue looks at the divide between natural and artificial. The crafts are normally associated with organic materials found in nature. They are contrasted against artificial materials synthesised in factories, such as plastic. What are the values that underlie this difference? Is there a class hierarchy that looks down on cheap factory-made materials? How can making bring nature and the artificial in meaningful relation to each other?

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Above image The droop lamp ✿ Adam Markowitz & Apple Huang