‘Making’ by Tim Ingold

I have been reading this book about making things. Tim Ingold is professor of Anthropology at Aberdeen University.

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Professor Tim has all sorts of interesting things to say about the nature of making things, and the relationship between the maker and the material. He describes this as a dialogue, as a ‘morpho-genetic’ process, involving a confluence of forces and materials whereby engagement with materials creates form. As opposed to a ‘hylomorphic’ process, where the intention is to “impose forms internal to the mind upon a material world”

You can read all about it here: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415567237/

But he also has some thoughts about STRING in particular and what it’s good for:

“String is for things that are not already parts of a whole but have to be made to cohere by tying them up. It is for bringing things together in a world of non-parts: for correspondence” (page 121)

” Of all the proceeds of human endeavour, string is perhaps the most widespread and the least appreciated” (page 117)

“String retains a complete and unflinching record of the gestures that went into its formation. Nothing escapes it. As the ‘cord’ in re-cord reminds us… there is memory in a length of string, and to remember is to rewind it.” (page 121)

string from hair cap moss

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