Thursday 7th March 2019
Craftivism = Craft + Activism
3 forms public art
- Street art
Grayson Perry – Craft and Art
‘That is one of the great things about it, and craft, by definition, is something that can be taught to someone else, you know, you can teach someone how to throw a pot and they will become as good at it as you if they’ve got the necessary. Whereas art is very much linked to the individual and their vision and it’s not necessarily something that can be taught or passed down.’
The Arts & Crafts Movement:
- The Arts & Crafts movement was founded in Britain by William Morris and John Ruskin around 1880.
- One of the most influential and far-reaching design movements of modern times.
- It grew out of concerns over the effects of industrialisation on everyday lives.
- It promoted the value of traditional handcrafts and the design of ordinary domestic objects.
- ‘Have nothing in your home that is not useful or beautiful’ – hard because normal people couldn’t afford this luxury.
- Not for the masses – expensive.
Marx’s theory of alienation established a casual relationship between work conditions and the degradation of the human personality –
“What constitutes the alienation of labour? First, that the work is external to the worker, that it is not part of his nature, and that consequently, he does not fulfil himself in his work but denies himself, has a feeling of misery rather than well-being, does not develop freely his physical and mental energies but is physically exhausted and mentally debased… We arrive at the result that the man (the worker) feels himself to be freely active only in his animal functions – eating, drinking, procreating, or at most also in his dwelling and in his personal adornment – whilst in his human functions he is reduced to an animal. The animal becomes human and the human becomes animal.”
Karl Marx, Extracts from the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts. 1844
By 1851, John Ruskin, co-founder of the English Arts and Crafts movement had written his important work “The Nature of the Gothic”.
“You must make a tool of the creature or a man of him. You cannot make both. Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools, to be precise and perfect in all their actions. If you will have that precision out of them, and make their fingers measure degrees like cog-wheels and their arms strike curves like compasses, you must unhumanise them”.
Ben Eine – (Spitalfields) Assisted by Arts Council England
From the streets to Louis Vuitton.
“Quiet strength need not be mistaken for useless vulnerability.”
Kate Walker in The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine.