“I think doing something creative is the most important thing, it’s probably just good for the soul for anyone, whatever it is. You don’t have to be a film director – you can do gardening or something – but I think everyone needs to create something.” – Ricky Gervais
Making, creating, building, doing. I value the makers.
Making by hand is a small act of defiance in an industrialised world. It says ‘I’m not interested in faster, cheaper, more ….. what I care about is that my hand made the object that your hand touches each day.’
I try to include visiting at least one maker, or retailer of handmade objects, on each OLIO tour. It’s all part of sharing the enormous wealth of skills right here in Adelaide. Sometimes we just need a little ‘OLIO insider knowledge’ to help us locate these talents and their treasures.
I feel incredibly excited and privileged to now have an entire OLIO tour dedicated to showcasing Adelaide’s makers. It’s super special to be invited into makers’ homes and studios and be able to experience makers at work.
Plus I love the idea that tour participants may be inspired by meeting these Adelaide makers to do a bit of making themselves. We all have it in us!