Theme for 5.1
T. Enami, The Lantern Painters, hand-tinted lantern slide, c.1892–5. Reproduced with kind permission from Rob Oechsle, t-enami.org.
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.
The second issue of 2011 casts us back to craft futures of the past.
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
Politics for Craftsmen by A. R. Orage
Statement of Practice
Technology and Hand Skill in Craft and Industry by Robin Wood (pdf)
- 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
- 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
The first issue of 2011 is now out, with writerly reflections on the nature of utopianism in craft.
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
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
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