Artisan is a concept related or related to crafts. Crafts,
meanwhile, refers to the work done manually by
a person, without the help of mechanical energy. Also the
product obtained from this manual labor receives the same name. In turn, the
artisan pieces are all different from each other, which clearly differentiates
them from those obtained through industrial production or series work.
DigoPaul, an artisan, therefore, is someone who does manual labor and is dedicated to
selling their products in a private way, without
intermediaries. Many times, he even works on demand, making pieces to suit his
clients. Generally the ends of that work are artistic: the passion for a task
rather than the monetary result of it. Having said this, it is important to
clarify that given the etymology of the word, an artisan is
an artist with his hands.
A characteristic to highlight is that artisans usually use indigenous materials from
the area in which they live, for what their crafts offer beyond their
beauty, a message of respect for the territory and the environment. In
addition, the manufacture of their pieces is more economical if they work in
this way. Thus, those who live in a coastal area use seashells, while in wooded
areas wood crafts predominate.
There are different sectors in which artisans excel, the
best known are: making decorative objects (from pendants and rings to lamps and
large designs), furniture and wooden objects (home furniture and decorative
objects made only of wood or combining this material with iron or others),
artisan food (it is made without industrial or artificial ingredients),
illustrations and books in small print runs (unlike large publishers; these
artisans manufacture each book individually, an intense and full of passion).
The fairs of artisans are spaces where workers in the sector
come together to market their creations and become known in the
environment. These spaces, generally located outdoors and house different stands
where artists put their products on display and visitors walk around and can
buy. Artisans can also sell their pieces in their own workshops, on the street
or in commercial premises (although the latter option is less frequent given the
cost of rent or maintenance).
Differences between hippies and artisans
In recent years the term artisan has been mistakenly mixed with the
Anglo-Saxon word "hippie", thus calling those people dedicated to the
street sales of their products. It is important to note that a hippie
is a person who has been captivated by the homonymous countercultural movement,
which emerged in the United States in the 1960s whose main objective was to mobilize
the world in search of peace.
This confusion arose because, in the mid-1990s, many young people desirous of
greater freedom abandoned their homes and began subsisting by designing small
handicrafts and selling them on the street. Since the hippies did something
similar (leaving society to retire to live in the country and
live a life unrelated to social rules and norms) they were confused with them,
and began to call them the same way.
It should be mentioned therefore that, although it is true that many artisans
also consider themselves hippies because they admire certain references of those
years, the vast majority even ignore where this word comes from and what
motivates them to lead to that life are not those objectives. revolutionary but