The Craftsman: Issue n.027 — November 2020

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Hi, I’m Gian! Welcome to The Craftsman, where I share stories of craftspeople, products, and reflections on craftsmanship. Here’s the archive of past issues. If you wish to support the newsletter, you can do so by buying me a virtual coffee.

Front and centre, the yunomi by Joseph Ludkin that I use to enjoy my morning tea or coffee.

Pushing back on sensorial numbness

1. As I write these lines, the UK government has announced a new lockdown. This means less in-person gatherings and more Zoom calls, virtual events and digital entertainment, eating at…


The Craftsman: Issue n.026 — October 2020

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Hola! I’m Gian, and in this newsletter I share stories of craftspeople, products, and reflections on craftsmanship. Here’s the archive of past issues. If you wish to support the newsletter, you can do so by buying me a virtual coffee.

As my Summer went by without much of an actual summer-vibe, I found myself — like many others — spending more time at home. It was akin to being in…


The Craftsman: Issue n.025 — September 2020

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Welcome to The Craftsman! I’m Gianfranco Chicco (but please, call me gian) and, while I’m still in semi-lockdown, today I bring you two stories about designing and making, mostly with wood, from Paris (via Japan) and Cornwall. Here’s the archive of past issues, and I’ll be sharing additonal photos on @TheCraftsmanNewsletter. I invite you to reply to this email or tweet me with your thoughts and feedback. If you would like…


The Craftsman: Issue n.024 — August 2020

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Welcome new and old subscribers! With the easing of lockdwon rules in the UK, I’ve finally been able to meet craftsmen in person once again. This month I share the story of London based leathersmith Charlie Borrow, and offer a glimpse into the work of traditional Venetian artisan Marisa Convento. As usual, I invite you to reply to this email or tweet me with your thoughts and feedback. If you would…


The Craftsman: Issue n.023 — July 2020

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How come it’s July?! If you’re a new subscriber, welcome! My name is Gianfranco Chicco and here I write about craftsmanship (duh!). This edition is shorter than usual, as being in lockdown has prevented me from meeting any craftsmen in person, although I did manage to follow up with a few via virtual interviews. I also spent most of the last few months researching and writing for my book on Japanese…


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Welcome to June. To lessen our impact on the environment and curb throwaway consumerism, we need to learn how to repair things, and do it often. When it comes to clothes and fashion, darning can be one way to do so. It can also be a medium for self expression. Forget about any outdated gender prejudices. Anyone can do it. Have you used your time in lockdwon to repair something? Let me know on twitter or just hit…


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Hi! Have you noticed how many people started making bread, knitting, and gardening during the enforced lockdown? In my case, I’ve been improving my pasta making skills (I’m quite proud of these ravioli with ricotta, porcini, and black truffle), and knocking up sponge cakes in the rice cooker. I think that we’ve turned to making things with our hands to compensate the numbness created by the major change to our daily routines, but also to get out of…


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Hi, and welcome back after a short end-of-year hiatus! There’s plenty of you who have joined since the last issue, so I thought it was proper for me to do the honours. I’m Gianfranco Chicco, and in The Craftsman Newsletter I pay homage to those making things with their mind and body working together, in close connection to nature, and in service of the communities they belong to. I was planning to dedicate this issue to pottery, but…


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“Waste is something that we invented, and is something we need to dis-invent.” — Kresse Wesling
via Hole & Corner

You’ve probably figured out by now that I have a keen interest in Japan, and this issue has plenty of Japanese references.

It kicks-off with an interview I did in Copenhagen with Thomas Lykke and Anne-Marie Buemann of OEO Studio. Unbeknownst to me, I’ve been encountering — and admiring — their work for many years, until one day…


This essay has been adapted from a short talk I gave at the Grande Finale of the House of Beautiful Business in Lisbon on November 6th, 2019 (watch the video).

In March of this year I quit my job. I was feeling exhausted physically and mentally, and there was something else. For years I have been travelling all over the world to meet the most interesting creatives working in digital, and many of us were sharing the same symptoms. We were living from our neck up, heavily identifying with our brains and disconnected from the rest of our body and…

Gianfranco Chicco

Curator of The Craftsman Newsletter. Conference director for hire, digital-physical experiences, marketing & storytelling. Japanophile. ✌

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