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NeoCraft: Modernity and the Crafts Paperback – February 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091961647X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0919616479
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,126,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is aimed at an academic audience, and definitely not at someone reading about crafts for fun. It isn't eye candy, and it reads like a collection of academic journal articles. The essays are a diverse bunch, but hold together well under the broad topic of the ways crafts are generally considered by the art world, craft practitioners, and broader society, and the roles that crafts play in societies. This attitude would be encapsulated by Howes's section (p216) on how the term "Basket Weaving 101" has come to be a derogatory term for an easy, introductory university course. Yet Howes uses this very process of basket weaving to describe both our own society's privileging of sight over touch, and the complex social relations, cosmology and pedagogy of the Desana Indians of the Colombian Amazon. I particularly liked Section One, with Metcalf's essay on "Replacing the myth of modernism" and Shiner's "The fate of craft". These would be of enormous interest to anyone studying, writing about, or practicing in a medium traditionally situated on the craft side of the art/craft binary.

I personally won't be adding this to my collection: a library loan was enough for me to get everything I wanted from the book, and I would suggest checking it out at the library first if possible.
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By wigfactory on April 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
I found this book incredibly resourceful and helpful. It remains one of the most important books in my library, and I continue to refer back to it constantly. I encourage you to get your hands on a copy, it's amazing.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By blkbrd on October 25, 2008
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This is a really nice collection of essays--not necessarily an "easy" read but well worth it.
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