Showing Making – how is craft represented?

T. Enami,  The Lantern Painters, hand-tinted lantern slide, c.1892–5. Reproduced with kind permission from Rob Oechsle, t-enami.org.

T. Enami, The Lantern Painters, hand-tinted lantern slide, c.1892–5. Reproduced with kind permission from Rob Oechsle, t-enami.org.

Theme for 5.1

The consumption of craft extends beyond the enjoyment of beautiful handmade objects. Photography and film disseminate a theatre of craft process for audiences to appreciate not just the skill of the artisan but also its idyllic context.

To what extent do these representations determine the meaning of craft in modernity? This issue is an opportunity to consider the conventions employed in the depiction of craft, and maybe glimpse an alternative reality behind the scenes.

Journal of Modern Craft 4.2

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The second issue of 2011 casts us back to craft futures of the past.

Articles

Editorial introduction

Corporate Craft: Constructing the Empire State Building by Ezra Shales

Coal-powered Craft: A Past for the Future by Ele Carpenter

Crafting a New Age: A. R. Orage and the Politics of Craft by Adam Trexler

Primary Text

Politics for Craftsmen by A. R. Orage

Statement of Practice

Technology and Hand Skill in Craft and Industry by Robin Wood (pdf)

Exhibition Reviews

  • Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume Reviewed by Sally Gray
  • Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art Reviewed by Dana E. Byrd
  • Circuit Céramique aux Arts Décoratifs: La Scène Française Contemporaine Reviewed by Alison Britton

Book Reviews

  • Cone Ten Down: Studio Pottery in New Zealand, 1945–1980 Reviewed by Grace Cochrane
  • Cultural Commodities in Japanese Rural Revitalization: Tsugaru Nuri Lacquerware and Tsugaru Shamisen Reviewed by Sarah Teasley

Journal of Modern Craft 4.1

The first issue of 2011 is now out, with writerly reflections on the nature of utopianism in craft.

Articles

Editorial introduction

Sustainable Socialism: William Morris on Waste by Elizabeth C. Miller

The Craft of Industrial Patternmaking by Sarah Fayen Scarlett

Speculative Artisanry: The Expanding Scale of Craft within Architecture by Joshua G. Stein

Statement of Practice

Interview with A.S. Byatt including Tanya Harrod and Glenn Adamson (PDF)

Commentary by Glenn Adamson

“The Artisan,” from The Mirror of Production by Jean Baudrillard

Exhibition Reviews

The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942–1946 reviewed by Bibiana Obler

Japanese Sashiko Textiles reviewed by Moira Vincentelli

Book Reviews

Made in Newark: Cultivating Industrial Arts and Civic Identity in the Progressive Era reviewed by Ellen Paul Denker

KnitKnit: Profiles and Projects from Knitting’s New Wave reviewed by Sue Green