Bespoke is an engaging, amusing, irreverent but ultimately thought-provoking look at the rise of the handmade, bespoke, locally produced and artisanal. Writer and presenter Marcus Westbury takes us from Newcastle to New York, from the lovingly crafted to cutting edge technology, from artisanal jewellers and wood-turners to craft distillers and 3D printers. He wants to find out why so many of us are making, who is buying, and whether this phenomenon is here to stay. Is this just an old arts and crafts movement in hipster clothing, or are we experiencing a profound cultural and technological shift that could remake our cities, our economies and our communities?
Over the last decade in Australia there's been a massive growth in the handmade, the artisanal and the bespoke. Marcus Westbury goes from knife makers to 3D printing labs, to find out what the hell is going on.
Today the "handmade", the "bespoke" and the "artisanal"...or at least the marketing and idea of it...are everywhere! From suburban bedrooms to multinational companies Marcus Westbury discovers the small scale is fast becoming very big business.
From the DIY ingenuity of a high tech "makers movement" to governments using small scale makers to drive jobs, tourism and economic development, Marcus Westbury asks whether makers can change the world.