The Japanese concept of dentō kōgei ( ‘traditional art crafts’) recognises the practice of reproducing classic works as an ideal of ‘formative expression’. By contrast, the studio craft movement of the West celebrated originality. Does the reverence for the copy in traditional Japanese culture inhibit its entry into modern craft?
Two articles in issue 3.1 cover this question:
- Kida Takuya ‘Traditional Art Crafts (Dento¯ Ko¯ gei): From reproductions to original works’
- Christine Guth ‘The multiple modalities of the copy in traditional Japanese crafts’
Join our guest bloggers to consider ways in which the process of re-making can be a meaningful activity in itself.