I came back from lovely sunny friendly Bali last week where we did the usual touristy thing of touring round the island. There are roads and roads all over Bali lined with crafts people selling their very skilfully made wood carvings, stone carvings, silver jewellery and hand woven and printed textiles.
I wasn’t tempted to part with my cash though as in the main the stuff was just really dross, no matter how well made. Can there really be a big enough market demand for tall skinny wooden giraffes to sustain these communities? Or trios of painted cats? Or “amusing” carved signs about how great golf is?
It’s so frustrating – we have the design talent here in Britain by the shedload, they have the skills – it could be a commercial match made in heaven (if only I had the cash to make it happen) with the added bonus of affording the people of this really small very densely populated island to make a decent living.
Now I’m off to see how much I’ll get on eBay for an eight foot carved wooded golfer completed with detachable nine iron……….