I don’t know about you, but I’ve turned the news off. I’ve decided to exist in my own bubble until the madness subsides. The French call it “pratiquer la politique de l'autruche.” And this ostrich has wedged her head firmly in the sand.
At times like these it’s comforting to look nostalgically at bygone eras when things seemed simpler (when of course they weren’t). Thank god for the BBC’s series Handmade: by Royal Appointment. Profiling craftsmen holding the royal warrant, it’s 30 mins of soothing joy.
My favourite first episode on Wedgwood is only available on the iplayer until 9pm tonight. So you’ll have to be quick to catch it.
Watching potters carve clay into a vase soothed my nerves after a frazzled day of meetings. Likewise, the dulcet tones of shoe makers hammering leather in the John Lobb workshop are soporific. The interviews with craftsmen are perfunctory revealing their every day dedication to their craft.
It’s a comfort to know craftsmanship is alive on home turf and not everything is shipped in from China.
“When the world out there can be so cruel… you want to feel cosy when you’re back home.”
Martina Mondadori of Cabana magazine, interview by Semaine.