Making is Growing and viceversa

On weaving a basket by Tim Ingold. Reflections and observations 

Softening the difference between Making and Growing helps us open new perspectives to all forms of skilled, form-generating process. In the standard view, making is considered an external and the growing is an internal process, but the reality is not so rigid. In Growing, the genetic matter decides the design of a living thing, whereas in Making the idea conceived in the mind designs how an object will shape. When we start looking at making as an internal process that is expressed externally, we leave a story in that object, a story of culture. This internal engagement is important in breaking the barriers between organisms and artefacts. Making and growing are both unfolding process that are first conceived, then formed and shaped through external stimuli of their environment.

Making is cultural, growing is genetic but the constructs of genetics and culture are pretty similar as they both set parameters and constrains for creation. Both are based on generative principles embedded in the material conditions of their production.

Living organisms have a story of their lives from birth till death. Humans beings have stories that in time they hope to tell their grandchildren. Stories that grew grew out from genetic matter and shaped around their external environment. Much in the same way ‘Making of an object’ has a narrative quality. Every movement like every line in a story grows rhythmically to the very end and lays the groundwork for the next.

When objects are made, their stories unfold through the movements of the maker. The maker or the craftsman then becomes the author of that object’s story.