I was in a museum recently . This sentence was on a placard next to a row of Impressionist paintings and it stopped me in my tracks: The Industrial Revolution favored technology and materialism, and this in turn provoked a crisis of values and nostalgia for a lost ideal.
Nostalgia for a lost ideal. I walked around the museum after that, sort of looking at paintings but mostly thinking of that phrase. I feel like that a lot, don’t you? Like I’m missing something that I can’t quite put my finger on, or maybe I just want things to be a little simpler. Like if I could just rewind a few decades, I’d be in the right era. I mean, have you ever seen Midnight in Paris? If you haven’t, watch it. It’s a perfect depiction of this whole “born in the wrong era” thing.
But I digress. That sentence also got me thinking about how maybe that’s why DIY is so popular right now. The world is so stuffed full of excess and flash and trash, and maybe people just want to return to the simplicity of doing things for themselves. Being able to say I made that with my own hands. Because geez, what does anybody make any more? If I need a new fill-in-the-blank I can order it online and it will be on my doorstep in two days, free shipping (not that I don’t love my Amazon Prime). But to put time and care and effort into something, purely for the joy or the craftsmanship of doing it, is simple and special and satisfying.
All of this is to say that I’ve been wondering more about the DIY trend right now, and why you DIY. I’d love to know. Do you feel this certain nostalgia and pull for simplicity? Or do you just really enjoy working with your hands? Or is it another reason entirely? If you’re a DIY-er, do tell us why you love it. xoxo