I am still reading Eileen Boris' book Art and Labor about the impact of Ruskin, Morris, and the arts and crafts movement on American culture and economy. She notes:
By the turn of the century, educators realized that "most of our pupils will be the purchasing public of the future, and it is of as much importance for them to buy intelligently as for the designer and craftsman to create intelligently."At that time in the arts and crafts movement, Henry Turner Bailey along with others formed the Applied Arts Guild.
"Through 'love of beauty' and the 'ideal of service', he would enlist 'the pupil himself in this war against superficiality, sham and short-cut,' a campaign against slovenliness and inaccuracy in work."Perhaps hippie Christmas speaks for itself regarding the times in which we find ourselves. Things beautifully crafted, lovingly and knowingly made would not find themselves so readily abandoned at curbside.
Make, fix and create...