The Life & Work of Industrial Designer Charles Harrison

Black DIY Tradition

Chuck Harrison designed 8-12 sewing machines every year for 12 years

Chuck Harrison designed 8-12 sewing machines every year for 12 years

This Black History Month it’s good to remember that Do-It-Yourself did not begin with the Hipsters. African Americans have a long tradition of making the objects of everyday life stretching back to their first days in the Americas. Designing more than 100 home sewing machines in 10 years, the great African American industrial designer Charles Harrison carried this tradition forward in his work during the latter 20th Century.. “85 percent of my effort went into designing consumer products to improve people’s everyday quality of life.”

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