The Culture Of Craft presents a series of strongly argued discussions about the relevance of handcraft in a society largely structured by technology. Issues raised in the book concern, on the one hand, the relationship of craft to these technologies and, on the other, its position in the world of art.
What role does the craftsperson play in the professional life of the designer? Is the craft of design itself threatened with deskilling by technology? And what are we to make of the emergence this century of that separate arts activity we call 'the studio crafts'? What are the cultural barriers that prevent studio crafts from being regarded simply as either art or design? Most important of all. what are the values that encourage people to want to make things themselves despite the apparent marginality of craft?
These are among the questions discussed in this collection of essays written by destinguished writers who include T.A. Heslop, Slade Professor of Art, University of Cambridge; Paul Greenhalgh, Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum; and Rosemary Hill, writer, broadcaster and biographer of Pugin.
Author - Peter Dormer has long been considered one of the most important thinkers on contemporary craft in the world. Over the last twenty years he has published a number of seminal books and articles, and curated several major exhibitions. This volume was planned while he was Fellow of Critical Appreciation of the Applied Arts at the University of East Anglia. He died on Christmas eve 1996, as this book entered its final production phase. This volume is dedicated to him and his life's work in crafts.