I get asked many questions related to crafts, business and Huddersfield on a daily basis. One of the more frequent questions I get asked, however, has an answer I’d like to share with you all and I thought it particularly fitting for my first real blog post!
Why the name Crafty Praxis?
Coming up with a business name is quite a challenge, I’ve not yet had children myself but I can only imagine it’s like trying to name a baby. You want it to be just right, something that is unusual but not too difficult to pronounce or spell like Elisa Etemad (thanks Mum!) something that you won’t get sick of or that is too easily dated and something you can be proud of. Let the head scratching begin!
As some of you may know I started off on this crazy crafty journey with a business partner, straight out of University back in 2012. Sadly this didn’t work out for various reasons, but while trying to decide on a name she came up with Crafty Praxis. I liked it straight away, it was unusual but not too out there and gave a fairly good idea what the shop was about while having a sense of mystery to it to make people want to find out more! I myself was intrigued and on further research found that the word ‘Praxis’ comes from an ancient Greek word meaning process which I knew, but what I didn’t know is that it meant much more than that!
Praxis is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realised, it is often used in philosophy by Plato, Aristotle and Marx among others.
Praxis, in its simplest construal, means “theory plus action.” It indicates life practice formed from both reflection and action. The self, striving to transform the world creatively according to an emerging vision based on its own values, actualizes itself as it actualizes its vision.
Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education. Thousand Oaks, California. Sage Publications. 2008.
With Crafty Praxis I hope to transform my little bit of the world according to my vision and values around supporting local businesses and celebrating crafts of all kinds made by artists from all walks of life.
If that all sounds a bit ambitious, perhaps it is at least intriguing enough to tempt you to visit me, in person or online, and see if I’m getting anywhere close to where I want to be!