What is craft now and what might it be in the future if traditional equipment + skills are no longer accessible?
“Craft is a powerful way of connecting us physically: to materials, to our bodies, to our minds, to our senses. Craft communicates intangible human qualities that cannot be measured: pleasure, care, pride, beauty, satisfaction, respect, tolerance, resilience. These qualities aren’t just valuable but vital.” Hugo MacDonald, Useful/Beautiful, Why craft matters
Craft is a reciprocal process, a dialogue between maker and material, mediated by tools. Some crafts require dedicated space and equipment to learn and to practice. Some crafts are, by necessity, collaborative endeavours. Difficult processes or large scale equipment lead to shared studios, assets and processes. What happens when we lose those spaces?
In February of this year I locked the gates for the last time at PrintBlock, a collaborative textile print studio which I co-founded 9 years ago. Our studio will be a hotel next year. We are just one in a growing list of art, design and studio spaces shutting down here.
I want to explore the impact of the closure of craft making spaces on our processes and practice.
What is craft now and what might it be in the future if traditional equipment and skills are no longer accessible?
Details to follow as I make progress.....