Americans, Look!

18 Jun

I caught this video (“The American Look,” 1958) over on Dudecraft this week and couldn’t help thinking about ScoutieGirl and CraftMBA’s Call to Build a Creative Empire.

Right now, as the American economy staggers up and down the stock market, more and more people are turning toward self-employment, creating their own products and marketing their talents as ways of being productive, instead of going to work for large companies and corporations.

Creating something and making a living from it is something that I’m interested in doing myself.  I know that I must be one of many. In the last few months, I’ve noticed a number of blogs and websites begin to offer advice to on running a profitable business from your craft.

But I feel like what’s going on here is more than just artisans and makers getting saavy about the marketplace.

Up until the 70s, the American economy thrived on the services and products made by… Americans!  Made in America was a label found in many places, and our economy and sense of design thrived because of it.  In fact it seems that it was hard to find something that wasn’t made in America before that time.  We made cars, ovens, glassware, typewriters, office cabinets, paper, you name it!  And perhaps I’m going out on a nostalgic limb here, but when you look at something mass-produced from the 1920s-50s, it’s well made.  The average worker took pride in learning a skill, honing it into a craft… and ultimately a beautiful, enduring product.

Perhaps, by helping to build a Creative Empire, we can all take steps towards creating a better future for ourselves and our economy.

I’m interested to know what YOU think about all this.  Building a Creative Empire seems like only the tip of the iceberg.   I’m interested in being part of this movement and whole-heartedly support Tara and Megan’s efforts.  Let’s keep this discussion going!

2 Responses to “Americans, Look!”

  1. goatlove July 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    Mom sent me an article about Conrad Phillips Vutech’s “Made in USA” brand-certification mark. Kind of a corporate b.s. way of going about consistency, but interesting none the less. There’s definitely a movement going on and more and more folks are concerned with where their products are coming from. Lots of parallels between this movement and the local food movement.
    Love you!

    • The Print Yards July 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm #

      Pass it on, would love to read it! Yes, there’s definitely a movement going on, I’m really curious about it and want to discover how and why most of the things we buy in America are now manufactured overseas. Only 40 years ago, this was not the case. How did this happen so quickly and why? I’m even more interested in people that are making an effort to renew the economy here with useful and quality items. And yes! There is definitely a parallel between this movement and the local food/farm movement. Would love to learn more about how the farm communities up there in Maine are surviving and growing. Love you too!

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