Chapter 5 Summary: From Zippers to Zeppelins

Following the industrial revolution came the arts and crafts movement which all started as a rebellion against machinery made products. One notable figure during this time, who was also called the father of the arts and crafts movement, was William Morris. Machines started to replace workers and as a  result, ended the division of labor while a whole new growth in craftsman and design rose. Factories were mass producing products in poor quality and design, but I mean what can people expect when children were put behind machinery? Morris, along with a couple others, decided to bring back the craftsmanship and handmade products because not only would this opportunity give workers employment, but workers would also be able to produce beautifully handcrafted products that would enhance people’s lives. However, this came with a great price because people were designing exquisitely decorated pieces that only the wealthy could afford.

In my opinion, I love handcrafted items and although they might sometimes be expensive, they offer a different atmosphere that cannot be replicated in the same way as machinery mass produced products. In some cultures, handmade goods are still prominent and many people rely on this art to share their history, stories, and culture to others. If we lose all value in making things by hand, then a part of our world will forever be lost.


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