• The value(s) of crafting in the 21st century

Oakley, Peter ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7876-8402, 2019, Conference or Workshop, The value(s) of crafting in the 21st century at The Value(s) of Crafting in the 21st Century, Bangkok, Thailand, 28 Sept 2019.

Abstract or Description:

The Value(s) of Crafting in the 21st Century
During most the 20th Century large-scale industrial manufacturing was considered the obvious direction for production, with manual making techniques treated as obsolete, or at best obsolescent. From the 1980s, the decline of heavy industry in the West, and the rise of post-industrial service-led digital economies was hailed as the next stage of social evolution. Yet, throughout all this time, small-scale manual making, crafting, has retained its importance and viability both in the West and across the developing world, though in very different ways. Whilst specific crafts are often financially important for individuals and local communities, they are also relevant in other ways. These include providing opportunities for personal self-expression, assisting in local community cohesion, and expressing local, regional and national identities. This lecture will include case studies of diverse crafts from Africa, America, Asia and Europe, as well as an explanation of how these different craft practices and craft products from a variety of locations support a range of non-economic social aspects.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Funders: RCA GCRF Development Scheme
Uncontrolled Keywords: Craft, crafts, material culture
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2020 10:28
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2020 10:28
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4493
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