Social entrepreneur. Engagement consultant.
In 1974, Dominican immigrant Don Antonio Martinez started a small shop in New York City selling hand rolled cigars. Thirty-eight years later his son, Jesus, carries on the tradition. The shop combines craftsmanship with community, mixing equal parts work and play.
A project from the Bureau of Common Goods, Made by Hand was created out of the belief that the things we collect, consume, use, and share are part of who we are as individuals. For example, the food that we eat says something about each of us, as do the tools we use and the chairs we rest on. Objects that surround the space we dwell in tell stories, and not just about us. Where did they come from? Who made them? How were they made?
Each film aims to promote that which is made locally, sustainably, and with a love for craft. Based in Brooklyn, the project takes its influence from the handmade movement here and elsewhere. We hope you find the spirit of it inspiring.
Made by Hand has been featured in Gizmodo, Core77, Vogue, Swissmiss,Kottke.org, Dwell, GQ, Creative Review, Laughing Squid, The Fox is Black,MAKE, Treehugger, Discovery Channel, Bon Appetite, .net Magazine, Gear Patrol, Selectism, Hypebeast, New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and countless blogs. In addition, you can read interviews with the director in The Atlantic and Fast Company.