Almost six centuries ago, Florence was the most exciting city in the West, with a proliferation of new art and thinking challenging and driving ever new heights I  what was to be called the Renaissance.

There are those who believe we’re on the cusp of a new Renaissance, one that is more democratised and has more for everyone to play with.  We get to look around us and imagine what might come about if we put this with this, if we introduce this person to this person, if we stretch what it is we can do to some new place or person.

‘Trend curators don’t seek needles, they gather the hay and stick a needle into the middle of it.’*

We take the artefacts we find all around us – things that others have made or thought – and we understand the cultures in which we find ourselves, and we bring our passion and creativity, and make something new.**

Many of these things will not be large or be noticed by millions, but that’s not the point.  The point is to be human, and humans make things.

(*From Rohit Bhargava’s Non-Obvious.)

(**See Alex McManus’s Makers of Fire.)

(Today’s doodle came from a conversation with Nikki Callander, a passenger on the plane to Italy, a massage therapist who finds herself helping people who are increasingly stressed with their work and are using coping techniques to get through.)


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