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Authors:Viveka Berggren Torell: The Swedish School of Textiles at the University of Borås, Sweden
Eva Knuts: The Swedish School of Textiles at the University of Borås, Sweden
Publication title:Design; Craft and Culture – Some Remarks on Production of Textile Craft in the Companies Vävkompaniet and Designbrenner
Conference:Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15–17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:062
Article No.:011
Abstract:According to anthropological research it is fundamental that aspects of conceptuality and materiality are tied together in handicraft products. Objects have a social history and a cultural biography as well as a material form (Appadurai 1996). Thus analyzing crafting knowledge must involve both looking for bodily competences performed in the meeting with the materials (hand operations; touch; rhythm etc) and mapping cultural meanings on craft. In the ongoing project “Design; craft and culture” this is done through visual/sensory ethnography. Participant observations with video-filming and interviewing are done at Vävkompaniet; a cooperative running handicraft shop; and Design Brenner; private family company for tufting.

This paper brings up cultural meanings on craft; expressed by the craft practitioners themselves. What producers in both companies tell about work practices; inspiration; how they relate to the textile tradition etc. is discussed. Their definitions of the concepts craft; art craft; sloyd and design are especially highlighted. This is important since debate regarding craft as material expression versus craft as conceptual art implies different focuses when it comes to what counts as important knowledge - skill in using the proper raw material and technique to make useful products; or skill to materialize ideas in creative ways?

Language:English
Year:2011
No. of pages:13
Pages:81-93
ISBN:978-91-7519-993-1
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/062/011/ecp11062011.pdf
Available:2011-11-22
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Viveka Berggren Torell, Eva Knuts (2011). Design; Craft and Culture – Some Remarks on Production of Textile Craft in the Companies Vävkompaniet and Designbrenner, Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15–17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=062;article=011 (accessed 10/30/2014)