Craft on Demand: The New Politics of the Handmade

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Bale Variant no. 0020, Shinique Smith, courtesy of Shinique Smith studio. 

Craft on Demand: The New Politics of the Handmade is a publication on contemporary craft politics edited by Anthea Black and Nicole Burisch.

Craft on Demand examines the role of the handmade in contemporary art, craft and design as part of a dramatically shifting global economy. Current interest in virtually every aspect of the handmade appears in Do-It-Yourself, Craftivism, sustainable living, decolonial practices and aesthetics, and a new focus on labour and materiality in visual art and museums. The handmade has become inseparable from capitalist modes of production and consumption, and this change demands new understandings of objects, aesthetics and labour. New writing and artists projects by international scholars and practitioners look at the politics of scarcity, hoarding and sustainability, craftivism and ‘ethical’ consumption, urban space and new technologies, race, cultural heritage and sovereignty. The authors offer a radical rethink of the politics and economics of the handmade, and claim craft as a dynamic critical field for thinking through the most immediate issues of our time.

Craft on Demand features writing and artist works by Morehshin Allahyari, Julia Bryan Wilson, Margarita Cabrera, Sonya Clark, Peggy Deamer, Theaster Gates, Elke Gaugele, Namita Gupta Wiggers, Ursula Johnson, Allyson Mitchell, Kirsty Robertson, Joyce J. Scott, Shinique Smith, Shannon Stratton and others.

About the editors:

Anthea Black is an artist and cultural worker based in Toronto, Canada. Her writing has been published by Bordercrossings, No More Potlucks, Carleton University Art Gallery, and FUSE magazine where she was a contributing editor from 2008-2014. She has exhibited in Canada, the US, Norway and The Netherlands, and curated No Place: Queer Geographies on Screen and PLEASURE CRAFT. In 2012, she was the Viola Frey visiting scholar at California College of Art, and teaches at OCAD University in Toronto.

Nicole Burisch is a critic and curator based in Montreal, Canada. Her writing has been published in Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, Cahiers métiers d’art-Craft Journal, No More Potlucks, and dpi: Feminist Journal of Art and Digital Culture. She has worked with organizations such as Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, Artexte, and Centre des arts actuels Skol and was a 2014-2016 Core Fellow Critic-in-Residence with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Writings by Black and Burisch are included in The Craft Reader (BERG) and Extra/ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art (Duke University Press), Making Otherwise (Carleton University Art Gallery) and together they have lectured on craft, curating, and politics in Canada, the USA, and the UK.

Acknowledgements:

Black and Burisch wish to acknowledge the support of Canada Council for the Arts, Grants to Independent Critics and Curators, Ontario Arts Council Craft Projects – Connections, and The Center for Craft Creativity and Design.

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About anthea black

Artist, writer, cultural worker.