Let me ask you one thing. Have you ever spent 299 hours doing one, single thing? Besides eating? or sleeping? or jumping in place as you strum your ukulele to the sound of wet marshmellows hitting your bare belly? I didn’t think so. People who design and engineer machines or make instruments and art have an inexhaustible passion for doing what they do. The Art of Making is a video series and visual composition directed by Dimitris Ladopoulos that explore the work and craftsmanship that goes into the designs we take for granted. This one features the hours put into creating the wonderful sound of a Flamenco guitar.
The Art of Making: Flamenco guitars
Handcrafted objects often take a long time to complete no matter how much of an expert you are. Vassilis Lazarides, the guitar maker featured in the video below, has been making instruments since 1990. The Art of Making is just a brief glimpse into the days he spends shaving wood, measuring, trimming and finishing a single guitar.
The ‘Art of Making’ series aspires to display and highlight people who go against the spirit of today’s pessimism and desperation. They dare to dream and create with zeal and imagination. Armed with passion for knowledge and emotion, they attempt to combine the precision of science with the elegance and resourcefulness of art.
The video is a fabulous concoction of video and graphical effect that illustrates the engineering and thought behind the guitars that originated in southern Spain. It takes ‘making’ to another level, really just pummels the idea that ‘making’ is a new movement at all, and shows the joy you can continue to have in using your talents to create.
Phillip Torrone (who we’ll be interviewing in the near future on Engineer vs Designer) had a great thought in an article he wrote, called Zen and the Art of Making. He started discusses the difference between beginners and experts, ending on this thought that puts what you do and what you will be doing into perspective.
…when you’ve mastered something it’s valuable, but then part of your journey is over — you’ve arrived, and the trick is to find something you’ll always have a sense of wonder about. I think this is why scientists and artists, who are usually experts, love what they do: there is always something new ahead. It’s possible to be an expert but still retain the mind of a beginner. It’s hard, but the best experts can do it. In making things, in art, in science, in engineering, you can always be a beginner about something you’re doing — the fields are too vast to know it all.