by Susan Luckman and Nicola Thomas
English | 2018 | ISBN: 1474259537 | 249 Pages | PDF | 26 MB
Craft Economies provides a wide-ranging exploration of contemporary craft production, situating practices of amateur and professional making within a wider creative economy. Contributors address a diverse range of practices, sites and forms of making in a wide range of regional and national contexts, from floristry to ceramics and from crochet to coding. The volume considers the role of digital practices of making and the impact of the maker’s movement as part of larger trends around customisation, on-demand production, and the possibilities of 3D printing and digital manufacturing.
“This collection offers a comprehensive overview of the craft economy as a viable force in opposition to existing systems of production through the humanization of work and commerce. It is critical to examine concepts such as disruptive collaboration, commodity activism and individualized consumption to ensure that highly networked societies of makers will continue to successfully position themselves within a consumer base no longer satisfied with the stuff of mass production.” – Heidi Schwegler, Chair of the MFA in Applied Craft and Design at Oregon College of Art and Craft, USA