ARTH 614 Craft Studies: Theory and Practice - Making Ethics from the Arts and Crafts Movement

  • Thursday, 11 am - 2 pm
  • EV 3.760
  • Instructor: Dr. Elaine Cheasley Paterson

Vernacular revivals, like that of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain, emerged throughout Europe and North America as antidotes to the growing internationalisation and mechanisation of late 19th century society. Similarly, current DIY (Do-it-yourself) and crafter culture in Canada and the United States claims to be developing alternate economies while ‘craftivism’ takes political, social and cultural action through craft production and process. Consequently, the goal of this seminar is to familiarise students with this historical material and to deepen their understanding of the Arts and Crafts Movement by exploring its continued relevance to these and other current expressions of craft.

In keeping with the nature of the Arts and Crafts Movement itself, this course will consider expressions of class, race, gender, sexuality and ethnicity as well as cultural concepts such as comfort, community, domesticity, labour, skill, tradition and hygiene within a broad discussion of craft practices and material histories, including furniture, metalwork, ceramics, jewellery, glasswork, fashion, and textiles.

Students will be expected to engage with this material through readings, discussions and primary research.

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