Ready hands and hearts

25 October 2013

"Consider the differences between a machine and a human being."  Misao Jo, SAORI Pillar 1

Many years ago, long after I'd figured out that my hands had a "knack" for making and when in the middle of a youthful philosophical journey, I crossed paths with Jacob Bronowski's The Ascent of Man (1975)

"The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.  Civilization is not a collection of finished artifacts, it is the elaboration of processes.  In the end, the march of man is the refinement of the hand in action." 

 I was startled by the idea that my constant hand-work - especially the textile hand-work considered merely domestic (as I said, it was some time ago) - might be a pinpoint on the path of human endeavor, not merely my own busying.

And then there was an interim, filled with jobs, family, community, and plenty of making:  hand-work, and heart-work.  And all the energy and experience of this long interim led to this moment - to the work of creating a shared making-space -  to realize that hands are also the cutting edge of the heart. 

Ready to Hand:  SAORI Philadelphia. 

Weaving community together one neighbor at a time.

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