“And I believe that the best learning process of any kind of craft is just to look at the work of others.” – Wole Soyinka
In all things, get understanding. Seeing the craft is as blissful as one’s craft being seen. It edifies the baffling and clears the air. Seeing the craft defines the mind; to filter one’s mind and create the mind’s own craft. It shuffles the mind like a new pack of cards. It defines every whit of mind. Seeing the craft is a clear-murk pursuit, to unbar the caged emotions and forbidden thoughts. In all this, seeing the craft is seeing the ‘crafty’, for a man is his mind; his thoughts fuel his actions.
Seeing the craft is to look, to believe, and to understand. It goes beyond ability as possessed by the layman. Seeing the craft compels audacity; strong-willed and sound in mind. Seeing the craft should transcend the gaiety of a well-structured craft; it should induce one to gyrate opinions about a craft that the opinions themselves become craft enough to twizzle the mind and be reviewed.
And I think craft should contradict itself during the seeing process; it should magnetise a weight of credenda; diverse heads always repelling, never meeting at equilibrium, but craft should be the equilibrium. It should be the venue for the doe-eyed and the pugnacious, still and the turbulent. Craft, I think, should heal the sick and sicken the healed. Craft is the pottery.
In seeing the craft, realizations are made in epiphanies and ideas formed in flashes, scraped and rebirthed as transfigured souls. In seeing the craft, revolutions are made; innovation of mind whirls like a travelling cloud. Seeing the craft is the process to win a lottery.
And I believe that the best learning process of any kind of craft is to understand the crafts of others, and uniquely form one’s own craft from theirs.
Okuwoga Eyimofe was born and lives in Lagos, Nigeria. He loves visual art and literature. Some of his works have been published in Brittle Paper, The Kalahari Review, The Sun Literary Review, among others. He curates a literary blog, Articulate [eyimofeokuwoga.wordpress.com]