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Craft, Technology & Productions

Edited by Steffi Duarte and Caterina Tiezzi

 

Craft, Technology & Productions (CTP) is a column that will focus on developing a dialogue that tests the commonly perceived antagonistic relationship between these concepts, and favours a synergistic relation between them. Though ideas of craft as process, and technology as discourse may be familiar within academia, popular sources—like the Oxford English Dictionary—still limit the definition of craft to hand made, and link technology only to science and industry. We want to broaden these definitions, not only by exploring ways in which craft and technology are related, but also by investigating how these interact and form both tangible and metaphysical products. The process of craft, the ideologies of technology, the creations of meaning are just a few key themes this column wishes to delve into. We invite you to explore these dynamics through interviews with practitioners and scholars, book reviews, and investigations of methods, and welcome you to submit any work that might further this project.


 

Craft, Technology and Productions:
What We Learned and Where to Go Next

Steffi Duarte & Caterina Tiezzi   This is it: our last article on CTP. For this occasion it seems appropriate to revisit the initial questions that motivated us to undertake this year-long investigation. A key lesson we have learned by examining different productions is that the commonly perceived dichotomy between craft and technology crumbles to reveal instead

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An Additive Post: On 3D Printing

Caterina Tiezzi   “The 3D Printshow will take place in London between 4-6 September. Will you be there?” This is what the black, white and red poster towering over sleepy tube-riders told me from across the carriage one morning last week. The poster for the coming technology show was small but powerful enough to boost

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Software Craftsmanship:
Another Example of Craftwashing or Not?

Caterina Tiezzi   Craft is a word we hear often these days. So much so that recently a term was coined to warn against the superficial use of craft-ideas and craft-aesthetics. The name is “craftwashing” and it was devised by artists and cultural workers Anthea Black and Nicole Burisch ‘to refer to instances where craft

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Edmund Potter and the Hoary Old Theme of Mechanisation: Mechanisation and Craft from the Perspective of a Nineteenth-Century Manufacturer

Jo Tierney   Speaking at a Design Council conference on design and industry in 1980, David Greysmith stated that: It seems to me that roller-printing embodies the principle of mass production, in that the cylinder, or series of cylinders, provides the motif of continuity exemplified later by the conveyor belt, (here the belt is also

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Craft & Technology in the Newsagent’s Shelf:
A Look Through Magazines

Caterina Tiezzi   As editors of Craft, Technology and Productions Steffi and I are very happy to report that this post marks the middle point of our adventure on Unmaking Things. To celebrate this occasion this article will look at the different representations of craft and technology as disseminated among the public through the medium

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Basilisks, blood, and red headed men:
Early modes of craft, technology & production

Annie Thwaite   It may seem unlikely to the modern reader that this strange creature, half chicken- half lizard, was once believed to be connected with the manufacture of gold. Yet this mythological beast – a basilisk – represents in part a time when the investigation and understanding of nature was intimately involved with craft

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It’s Technologic: Photographs & technology through the V&A’s Collection

Steffi Duarte    In a world of snapchats and selfies, it is easy to forget that photographs don’t just ‘happen’.  There are a million conversations behind each snap, and the formation of each image.  As a follow up to my last post about exploring the history of technology through design changes in interwar cameras, this

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A Beginner’s Experience with the Craft, Technology & Production of Calligraphy

Caterina Tiezzi   Writing. When we are in the mists of writing, we tend to think about the ideas we want to express, a structure to our discourse, word-choice, grammar and punctuation. Our choice over the tools we are going to use for writing is a silent one, almost instinctual, and very much linked to

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The End of the Metanarration, and the Do It Yourself Trend

Elodie Mallet   When talking about postmodern design, Memphis and Ettore Sottsass usually come to mind. Objects such as the Carlton bookshelf or the Super Lamp are often cited as perfect illustrations of the changing trend in design in the beginning of the 80s. At that time, more and more designers started to play not

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Changing relationships:
A tale of mass produced cameras, 1918-1939

Steffi Duarte   Like many new students discovering the history of design, I try to use my background as a gateway to exploring new territories.  No challenge seemed more daunting than when I tried my hand at the history of technology.  With a background in economics and art history, I have always stayed a good

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