Be­spoke

Isis Town and Country - - Life -

Thurs­day, ABC, 10pm

The In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion be­gan in 1760 and changed the way the world worked. More power and ma­chine de­vel­op­ment meant prod­ucts could be made in larger quan­ti­ties and much faster – and we haven’t stopped since. But what have been the con­se­quences of this “cheap and quick” pro­duc­tion? Sweat­shop work­ers make our clothes, our fur­ni­ture comes out of a flat-pack box and our cars all look the same. But in the past decade in Aus­tralia, there has been a huge growth in the hand­made, the lo­cally pro­duced and the ar­ti­sanal. Is it just a hobby for cashed-up hip­sters to buy into, a re­volt against mass pro­duc­tion and tech­nol­ogy, or does the ben­e­fit lie in the prod­uct it­self? Mar­cus West­bury (pic­tured) tries to find out.

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