The practices and values of craftsmanship correspond well with the requirements for a sustainable economy. But they're threatened by industry.
Recycling on a large scale is a Bronze Age invention.
Craft can be done solitary or with other people, and its up to you to decide.
Craft allows us to enter an immersive state of balance between skill and challenge.
Peter Thomas of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (left), Marcel Dionne of Roarockit (centre) and Jaimie Isaac, curator for Indigenous/Contemporary at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (right), are seen building a skateboard using a do-it-yourself kit in this 2017 photo. Art and design schools should reward those who actually build and create more than they do design theorists.
Even as our world goes digital, there will always be an appetite for craftsmanship, for art and for the work only human hands can truly bring to life. Art and design schools should celebrate creators.
Basket weaving is an important cultural and economic activity in many parts of the world, including Australia.
IM Swedish Development Partner/Flickr
Basket weaving and knitting are used pejoratively to make a point but not 'manly' pursuits such as metalcrafts or woodwork.
The Makalani nut is a Namibian treasure.
From unpublished Master's thesis of Michelle Olga van Wyk
Namibian crafters may be on the verge of commercial success with the carving of the Makalani nut. But they are not sure if they want to commercialise operations.
3D printing can be a powerful tool for designers and artists.
The work of Australian designer Berto Pandolfo shows how 3D printing can be claimed as a craft technology.
Part of a black cotton cushion cover depicting the Australian coat of arms embroidered by Lance Corporal Alfred Briggs (Albert Biggs), 20 Battalion, AIF.
Courtesy of Australian War Memorial
Embroidery - often seen as women's work - was a common form of therapy for troops wounded in the first world war. One soldier, Albert Biggs, learned to sew with his left hand after his right arm was badly injured.
Children with Kibbo Kift leader, John Hargrave, 1928.
Courtesy of Tim Turner
During World War I, a youth organisation called the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry was set up, prompting similar groups attracting thousands of members.
Perhaps the “art” label designates Assemble and the Granby project as outsiders, unique, creating something that can't be replicated.
Sandra in The Great Pottery Throw Down.
Why so many are utterly compelled by shows about extremely mundane, even retro exercises such as baking, sewing and throwing pottery.
Knitting and neuroscience have more in common than you might think.
Neural Knitworks, an event first staged for National Science Week in 2014, has since grown into an Australia-wide engagement project promoting connections between knitting and brain health.
Once a world leader in craft, now is a good time to look at Australia's dedication to the production of the handmade, and it's importance to a thriving economy.
Having returned recently from a 20 days study-tour plus indigo workshop in India, I have been pondering the social and economic value societies assign to craft. I ask, how is craft valued in Australia…