No Happy Nonsense

Commonplace Page

First Created May 26th, 2023 | Non-Fiction

"A hundred and twenty years ago, ordinary roughness, textural variation of surfaces and regional differences of things, such as clay homewares, or the fabric and styles of clothes, were far more common.

"Going back a little further, only the very rich traditionally had the money to afford the embodied craft-time inherent in perfectly smooth surfaces in their homes: marble, glass, mirrors, fine silks or silverware. Most of humankind, for almost the whole of our evolution, have toddled, played, lived and worked amongst a huge variety of textures. Human brains develop in the physical context of material culture, not just intellectual or visual culture. Traditionally, hands felt basketry, wood, stone, clay."

-Caroline Ross
"Our Dark Materials"
May 16th, 2023
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