Hey David, don’t be such a meany! With all due respect, I think
your view is just a little jaundiced. I can only speak for the
Australian apprentices who have entered and won in past years,
and they were all very nice human beings without a micron of
machine in their make-up.
Celeste Careedy, who won international silver a few years back
now has her own shop in a very posh part of Sydney, Australia,
and makes the most beautiful and unique precious jewellery.
Louise Dunning who won gold in Australia didn’t win in the
Montreal International, but she’s back in Australia bubbling over
with self confidence and genuine respect for those that did win.
Louise was one of my most original design students whose drawings
and jewellery were quite beautifully idiosyncratic. Not a hint
of a machine mentality in either of these two gifted young women.
What the Workskills challenge gave these two young women - and
their peers who competed with them in Australia - was a healthy
respect for sound technique as well as innovative design. It’s
not being “machine-like” to develop sound techniques upon which
to build and express one’s own personal vision.
Really, David, there are right ways and wrong ways of doing
things in every discipline, and the emphasis on working skills
(Workskills - get it?) is so that these young people can at least
get off to a reasonably efficient start in their working life.
I guess there will always be knockers and nay-sayers, but I know
power of good. If I hadn’t been so involved I guess its possible
that I may have been negative too. As it is I have to admit to a
little twinge of envy - I wish Workskills had been going forty
years ago when I was an apprentice jeweller.
Kind regards Dave,
Rex from Oz