Craftsman It is a concept linked or related to crafts. Handicraft, meanwhile, refers to job made of manual form by a person , without the help of mechanical energy. Also the product obtained from this manual labor receives the same name. In turn, the handmade pieces are all different from each other, which clearly differentiates them from those obtained through the Industrial production or of serial work .
A craftsman, therefore, is someone who performs manual labor and is dedicated to selling their products in particular, without intermediaries. Many times, he even works on demand, making pieces to suit his clients. Generally the aims of this work are artistic: the passion for a task rather than the monetary result of it. That said it is important to clarify that given the etymology of the word, a craftsman is an artist with his hands .
A feature to highlight is that artisans often use indigenous materials of the area in which they live so that their crafts offer beyond their beauty, a message of respect for the territory and the environment . In addition, making their pieces is cheaper if they work in this way. Thus, those who live in a coastal area use seashells, while wood-based crafts predominate in forested areas.
exist different sections in which artisans stand out, the best known are: making decorative objects (from pendants and rings to lamps and large designs), furniture and wooden objects (home furniture and decorative objects made solely of wood or combining this material with iron or others), artisanal food (made without industrial or artificial ingredients), illustrations and books of small runs (unlike large publishers; these artisans make each book individually, an intense and passionate work ).
The craft fairs They are spaces in which the workers of the sector meet to market their creations and become known in the environment. These spaces, usually located outdoors and house different stands where artists put their products in sight and visitors walk and can buy. Artisans can also sell their pieces in their own workshops, on the street or in commercial premises (although the latter option is less frequent given the cost of rent or maintenance).
Differences between hippies and artisans
In recent years, the term artisan has mistakenly mixed with the Anglo-Saxon word "hippie", thus calling those people dedicated to the street sale of their products . It is important to note that a hippie is a person who has been captivated by the homonymous countercultural movement that emerged in the United States in the sixties whose main objective was mobilize the world in search of peace .
This confusion arose because, in the mid-1990s, many young people desiring greater freedom left their homes and began to subsist by designing small crafts and selling them on the street. Since the hippies did something similar (leave society to retire to live in the countryside and live a life detached from social rules and norms) they were confused with them, and began to call them in the same way.
It is therefore worth mentioning that, although it is true that many artisans also consider themselves hippies because they admire certain referents of those years, the vast majority ignore even where this word comes from and what motivates them to lead to that life are not those objectives revolutionaries, but other causes.