Hand and Eye Magazine – a cultural mission for more “expressive lives”.

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Our Reason for Being

In addition to spreading the word about great work, everything we do is meant to encourage and inspire our readers in their own creative practices and in their daily activities as conscious consumers. Our articles are useful as a sourcing guide for businesses trading in handmade goods, as research material for students of ethical and sustainable design, and as advance reading for world travelers.

By keeping handmade traditions alive, and by embracing handmade innovation, HAND/EYE hopes to strengthen our species’ design DNA so that we all live more expressive, satisfying, fruitful lives.


Bring Back Play (Creative and Fun and Pretend Play)



In play, the child creates a world into which she puts her thoughts, her imaginings and her feelings. The world she creates in free form is literally made out of herself, spun out of her own subjectivity. This created world, in turn, gives the child a sense of her self as an active, creative being. The child is the ruler of her tiny kingdom, and in it she feels deliciously free and alive



How the Decline of Free Play May Have Caused a Decline in Sense of Control and in Intrinsic Goals, and a Rise in Anxiety and Depression

As I pointed out here and here—and as others have pointed out in recent popular books[5]—children’s freedom to play and explore on their own, independent of direct adult guidance and direction, has declined greatly in recent decades. Free play and exploration are, historically, the means by which children learn to solve their own problems, control their own lives, develop their own interests, and become competent in pursuit of their own interests. This has been the theme of many of my previous posts. (See, for example, the series of posts on “The Value of Play.”) In fact, play, by definition, is activity controlled and directed by the players; and play, by definition, is directed toward intrinsic rather than extrinsic goals