Thursday, June 17, 2010

Luddite x 3

Woodcut print by Alex Gillies 2010
Luddite 1:  member of the social movement of British textile artisans in the nineteenth century who protested – often by destroying mechanized looms – against the harsh economic climate and changes produced by the Industrial Revolution including degrading working conditions in the new textile factories. The principal objection of the Luddites was to the introduction of new wide-framed automated looms that could be operated by cheap, relatively unskilled labour, resulting in the loss of jobs for many skilled textile workers.
Luddite 2: An exhibition of woodcuts and prints by skilled artisan Alex Gillies. "The medium of woodcuts hasn’t really changed in more than 500 years; it works, so why mess with it? A lot of my pieces focus around old forms of technology that I dearly love – my typewriter, old hot rods from my grandparents’ generation, bicycles – stuff that doesn’t need replacing every 12 months." Alex Gillies More info here.
Luddite 3: One who wants to take a lo-fi approach to their Brine Time by enjoying hand made boards and hand-planes created using eco friendly materials and ancient, traditional processes eg wooden handplanes, alaia. More info from Handplane Goodness and Tom Wegener Surfboards and the Wooden Surfboard splinter group!

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