If we don't know where we've been how are we ever going to get any where else? There's a reason Art majors are required to take art history courses. There's a reason why we should read the great poets or for that matter why we should have Facebook accounts.
I realize that many of us are trying to make a living as Artist designer craftsmen. Sometimes it's good to have a pattern a model to look at. Many of you know that I want to build a geodesic dome studio. Guess what I'm building a model. If you are looking for a master to study, a mentor of sorts A hero maybe. Here's a good place to start. He read Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman. You've seen the name and the brand name he created. Check out http://www.pbs.org/wned/elbert-hubbard/ Elbert Hubbard is the man behind the name Roycroft. He is part of the Arts and Crafts movement. Lots of good things to think about here. Much of it relevant to todays artist craftsman.