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Is Novelty Also Invention?



Novelty has always been around since the age of man’s history. The raw materials formulated since the dawn of stone. Stone tools has inspired the desire of materializing thought into something extraordinarily useful it was this innovation fused with imagination that crafting became a work of art and invention. But is this invention or is this craft, engineering or art? There is a very fine line between novelty crafting and inventing, one would argue that invention is a form of crafting since it is thought into something new made from scratch and hard work. Surprisingly in opinion there is no difference between art and invention other than the presentation unique to that of the looker. There is also no difference in the tools used and the artwork made to create the tools themselves. If it were not for the starting minds of the imagination, no invention would have been made.


Beethoven is a grand example of how art is also invention. Beethoven was deaf but able to hear the music in his mind and through a novelty aspect was able to materialize that artwork in to something new, an invention. His invention was new, unique and movement inspiring in the evolution of music.



Today we are living in a more modern world where industry over throws productivity of hand craftsmanship, but there is no denying it no matter what material industry chooses to use, a hand-crafted piece just feels and looks better. That is because the products are created differently. Take a simple product like a ceramic bowl for example. for cheaply you can mass produce through industry a simple ceramic bowl, but it will forever pale in comparison to just one hand crafted ceramic bowl. Why is this? is it because a piece of your emotions travel through a hand-crafted piece? perhaps that is true or perhaps that is just speculation. You can after all with technology duplicate even the grandest artwork. So, then what is it that makes something crafted by hand feel and look better? This question is both simple to understand yet most difficult to explain. the easiest interpretive understanding is simple because its handmade, but the logical concept is nearly impossible to definition. Just like the word Love is difficult to explain yet easy to understand once you have experienced it. So, we will leave it at this, Novelty is so uniquely different from manufacturing even if the manufactured product is identical, simply because emotion was constructed into the product as the missing ingredient.



But in some cases, industry is crafted for the better outcome of the selectivity. When it comes to purchase industry mass produced products are normally the first choice, not just because in most cases less labor work and less material usage drops the price tag of the constructed products, but also due to the usefulness of the product themselves. Which indicates the very start of this blog post. Is there really a difference between the two? All products started as an invention, which started as a thought, which started as novelty art. So even though Novelty is normally the second choice when it comes to customer perspective of the better bargain, if it were not for novelty, there wouldn't be that first-choice bargain. Therefore, Novelty still exists today, and why the DIY trend has grown in our modern world. It’s so earthy so simple yet just like Beethoven, Art can inspire a new movement. Invention and Novelty are one of the same.


This is an opinionated blog post all factual sourcing comes from wix, wiki, and media news.

  • Thayer, Alexander Wheelock (1967). Thayer's Life of Beethoven. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-02702-9.

  • Artificial Mythologies: A Guide to Cultural Invention by Craig J. Saper (1997); Review of Artificial Mythologies. A Guide to cultural Invention, Kirsten Ostherr (1998)

  • Nicholas Albery, Matthew Mezey, Mary McHugh and Marie Papworth (editors). "Best Ideas: A Compendium of Social Inventions". The Institute for Social Inventions, London, 1995.

  • Znamenski, Andrei A. (2007). The Beauty of the Primitive: Shamanism and Western Imagination. Oxford University Press. p. 138. ISBN 9780198038498.

  • Reisman, George (1998). Capitalism: A complete understanding of the nature and value of human economic life. Jameson Books. p. 127. ISBN 0-915463- 73-3.

  • Reisman, George (1998). Capitalism: A complete understanding of the nature and value of human economic life. Jameson Books. p. 127. ISBN 0-915463- 73-3.

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