Posted By Heather Rusick on 11/11/12 5:07 AM

the artisan craftsman

Arts and Crafts isn’t just for kids! In this post, we’ll examine the applied art style of craftsmanship, particularly the American Craftsman movement. We thought this would be a great time to showcase our love of this style given the upcoming debut of our newest community “The Artisan Apartments” in Oxnard, CA.

British Beginnings

The American Craftsman movement has its roots in the British Craftsman Movement, which was a direct result of the Industrial Revolution. As a rebellion to the mechanization and mass-production of goods, the British movement celebrated the individual worker and his/her ability to produce goods one at a time, and with the details needed to ensure a unique piece.

The American adaptation of this movement can roughly be traced to Boston at the first ever Arts and Crafts Exhibition. From there, an association of skilled artisans was formed and the movement gained traction. In present day, California has emerged as the movement’s hub, with firms such as Greene and Greene championing the way. 

Hallmarks of the craftsman movement include originality, simplicity of form, local natural materials, and the visibility of handicraft.

Shea is pleased to debut “The Artisan Apartments at East Village” in Oxnard, CA which features handcrafted details. In keeping with the movement’s tradition of localized-sourcing, Shea Apartment Living has commissioned local artists to contribute details to the apartments. We invite you to learn more by exploring our Pinterest Board dedicated to the Craftsman style.

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