Note: Yes, Constant Reader, I know this long on verbage, short on pretty pictures but I hope you'll indulge me.)
Earlier this year I joined an arts community called ILSSA - here's the descriptive straight from the website:
IMPRACTICAL LABOR IN SERVICE OF THE SPECULATIVE ARTS (ILSSA) is a membership organization for those who make experimental or conceptual work with obsolete technology. The goals of ILSSA include: (1) the establishment of a Union to foster community, solidarity and peer review; and (2) the formation of a Research Institute to support new ideas, communications, and resources.
Impractical Labor is a protest against contemporary industrial practices and values. Instead it favors independent workshop production by antiquated means and in relatively limited quantities. Economy of scale goes out the window, as does the myth that time must equal money. Impractical Labor seeks to restore the relationship between a maker and her tools; a maker and her time; a maker and what she makes. The process is the end, not the product. Impractical Labor is idealized labor: the labor of love.
AS MANY HOURS AS IT TAKES!!!
How could I not love this? It's like a modern day William Morris call to action for personal hand-craft. I'm fortunate that my job is calligraphy and I do love calligraphy. My job doesn't always allow me to cut as loose as I'd like sometimes so I was thrilled when ILSSA released the Please for Skills, which read, in part: