Tag Archives: Dropout

Look! Art – a video portrait of Javaca Luthier

A couple of months ago I got an e-mail from two reporters of a local television station. They make a program about artists in the neighborhood and asked if they could come to the workshop to make a portrait. At … Continue reading

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Where to go? – Some ideas and plans for the future

Over the course of my relatively short life I’ve had a lot of experience with rejection and dropping out. I’ve just never fitted in with the ‘normal’ system of living. I tried over and over again but it always ended … Continue reading

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Music confounds the machines…

I don’t often republish other blogs, but this speech deserves to be shared: The keynote address T-Bone Burnett gave at the Americanafest on September 22nd, 2016. It’s about art, music, technology and the integrity, function and value of artists in … Continue reading

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Learning from the master – pt. 2

Something in line with the previous blogs on education and creativity… Again a plea for more craftsmanship in education. A lot of the quirks and impediments people have are a result of our current system of education and the modern … Continue reading

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The Element

Shortly after my burn-out someone sent me a link to this TED Talk… With over 40 million views it’s the most popular TED Talk ever. And with reason, because its message resonates within our society. These are the problems deeply rooted … Continue reading

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Teenager builds the worlds largest piano.

This is definitely a cool project. In a quest for his ultimate sound, Adrian Mann from New Zealand made his own piano. Quite a tour de force for any maker, but what makes it even more impressive is that Adrian … Continue reading

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Stop running with the racing rats – A personal note…

This 1956 film was made as a means of recruitment to interest young boys for shop class. It tells how the experience of designing and making something has benefits for the rest of your life. Even if you choose to … Continue reading

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Being resourceful…

Some weeks ago I had a conversation with a friend about the making of tools and workbenches. When he said: “But…not all guys are as resourceful as you.” I thought a lot about these words, and can’t conclude otherwise than … Continue reading

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Why arts graduates are under-employed

“The School of Life” was founded by philosopher Alain de Botton. In a more secularized world they try to find answers to life’s big questions. The School offers a variety of programmes and services concerned with how to live wisely … Continue reading

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Richard Sennett on craftsmanship

During his lectures in Belgium, Ken Parker recommended a book to the audience: “The Craftsman” by Richard Sennett. A few weeks later I got a pdf and Dutch version of the book and started to read. Sennet is a sociologist … Continue reading

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