The Culture of Craft: Status and Future

The Culture of Craft: Status and Future

Paperback Studies in Design and Material Culture

By (author) Peter Dormer

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  • Publisher: MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 208mm x 22mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 15 June 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Manchester
  • ISBN 10: 0719046181
  • ISBN 13: 9780719046186
  • Sales rank: 186,131

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Peter Dormer presents a series of lively, clearly argued discussions about the relevance of handicraft in a world whose aesthetics and design are largely determined by technology. One of the key questions discussed in the book is what makes the difference between a craft and a modern technology.

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'The Culture Of Craft' presents a series of strongly argued discussions about the relevance of handcraft in a society largely structured by technology. Issues raised in the book concern, on the one hand, the relationship of craft to these technologies and, on the other, its position in the world of art.

Table of contents

Introduction: the salon de refuse?, Peter Dormer. Part 1 The status of craft: the history of craft, Paul Greenhalgh; how strange the change from major to minor, T.A. Heslop; craft and art, culture and biology, Bruce Metcalf; craft within a consuming society, Gloria Hickey; the progress of Captain Ludd, Paul Greenhalgh. Part 2 The challenge of technology: patterns of making, Helen Rees; craft and the Turing test for practical thinking, Peter Dormer; CAD/CAM and the British ceramic industry, Neal French; textiles and technology, Peter Dormer; tornadoes, T-shirts and technology, Jeremy Myerson. Part 3 Writing about the crafts: writing about the crafts, Rosemary Hill; writing about objects we don't understand, Jonathan Meuli; the language and practical philosophy of craft, Peter Dormer.