Introduction: Crafting anatomies

Townsend, K. ORCID: 0000-0003-2212-2511, Solomon, R. and Briggs-Goode, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-5194-1009, 2020. Introduction: Crafting anatomies. In: K. Townsend ORCID: 0000-0003-2212-2511, R. Solomon and A. Briggs-Goode ORCID: 0000-0002-5194-1009, eds., Crafting anatomies: archives, dialogues, fabrications. London; New York: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, pp. 1-25. ISBN 9781350075474

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Crafting Anatomies places the human body at the center of a transdisciplinary exploration, revealing how it acts as a catalyst for craft-based collaborative research, using archives, creative dialogues, and technologically advanced fabrications. As the book demonstrates, nothing happens without collaboration in fashion and textiles, which involves intense, creative dialogues at all stages of the process (Anderson 2017). Increasingly, this applies to all contemporary artistic design practice—where the tradition of the “isolated auteur” and mastery of a specific discipline is challenged by the provocative and disruptive nature of information and technology (Mower 2017). This collection of illustrated narratives seeks to highlight how critical making and conversation around the contemporary body is manifest through a range of material and immaterial responses. The contributors, drawn from a network of creative thinkers and practitioners based in Europe, North America, and Oceania, exploit methodologies that resonate with wider transnational philosophies, “[paying] no attention to the boundaries between fine and applied art, high and low culture, gendered and racial identity, let alone, fashion, textiles and craft”1 (Hemmings 2015: 157). So, through the shared lens of crafting anatomies, researcher/practitioners in materials (textiles) and product (fashion) design are united with artists, writers, scientists, and curators to demonstrate how their/our response to the corporeal is constantly flexing and changing.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Townsend, K., Solomon, R. and Briggs-Goode, A.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Place of Publication: London; New York
Date: 20 February 2020
ISBN: 9781350075474
Rights: © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2020.
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 03 Feb 2021 14:35
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:07
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