Craft is ubiquitous

Groth, C., Townsend, K. ORCID: 0000-0003-2212-2511, Westerlund, T. and Almevik, G., 2022. Craft is ubiquitous. Craft Research, 13 (2), pp. 211-220. ISSN 2040-4689

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This Special Issue presents a selection of contributions that seek to extend the idea of what craft practice and research can be. They stem from the conference presentations in the 1st Biennial International Conference for the Craft Sciences (BICCS), held online during 4‐6 May 2021. This conference was initiated by the Craft Laboratory in Mariestad city, which is affiliated with the Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. What counts as craft, and what does not, has been discussed with the general consensus that craft often evades definitions and instead thrives as an adhesive between other domains. In this editorial we claim that craft practice is ubiquitous, since acts of ‘crafting’ are infiltrated in most aspects of society, from the industrial workplace to the home. In addition to being a professional domain, craftmanship is also an attitude and a way of life. Craft making further facilitates shared reflective platforms which can carry and sustain cultural associations, or even social resistance, over time. We hope to invite readers to extend the notions of what crafts can be, by discussing issues related to such various topics as plant propagation, crystal growing, neuroscientific activity tracking, multimodal presentations of craft research and hybrid forms of digital and handmade craft processes. We also present an overview of educational contexts of crafts and discuss the role of the craft practitioner in heritage studies such as traditional boat building or industrial lace making.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Craft Research
Creators: Groth, C., Townsend, K., Westerlund, T. and Almevik, G.
Publisher: Intellect
Date: 1 September 2022
Volume: 13
Number: 2
ISSN: 2040-4689
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham School of Art & Design
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 02 Nov 2022 09:54
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2023 03:00

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