Mark was kind enough to take some time to talk to me (via phone), and here's a little summary of some of the highlights of our conversation:
-The DIY movement was gaining in popularity well before the economic downturn, maybe as a reaction to materialism and consumerism. Do you think that the drive to make things is influenced more by necessity now?
Yes, but not what usually comes to mind when we think of necessities. Doing/making things yourself is still often more expensive, but it's just so much more satisfying. The amount of gratification, plus hours spent pursuing a new passion make for a new kind of equation. In a time when costly leisure pursuits(travel, etc.) are falling by the wayside, spending free time creating, building, fixing things is the least expensive hobby you can have.
- Resourcefulness and invention were part and parcel of other eras. How does and/or will technology interact with the new culture of invention?
It's tremendously beneficial as a source of info and even better for connecting to other people with similar interests and ideas. Within 15 seconds of going on-line you can find an evolution of plans, ideas, iterations on designs to make and/or perfect anything at all. People love to show off what they can do, it's simply human nature. The internet creates the perfect platform for this.
-One of my favorite parts of the book was hearing your process, both trial and error, as you tried something new. You discussed the importance of getting over the fear of making mistakes. How has that changed the way you approach a new project?
The defining characteristics I learned from experienced DIYers were:
- make lots of mistakes
- laugh about them
- learn from each attempt
Thank you Mark for a great chat and a fabulous new book that will inspire and celebrate the creative urges in all of us!
:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::I'm happy to say that Penguin sent me an extra copy to give away to one of you. If you'd like a chance to own one of my new favorite books, Made By Hand, please leave a comment within this post by Monday 5 pm EST. I'll announce the winner on Tuesday morning. Good luck and happy weekend!