Turney, J (2004) 'Here's one I made earlier: making and living with home craft in contemporary Britain'.' Journal of Design History, 17 (3). pp. 267-281. ISSN 17417279

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This article arises as a result of my PhD study into the significance of home craft in contemporary Britain. The crux of the discussion is the praxis at which craft meets art meets design, and the ways in which this is negotiated by amateur makers. The article discusses the fusion between maker and consumer when they are the same person, addressing issues of domestic display merging the private with the public sphere.

The article aims to investigate the ways in which the makers of home craft negotiate the meanings of 'design', 'craft' and 'art'. Developing from studies in sociology, anthropology, design history and material culture, the article questions the production and consumption of home-crafted objects within the domestic environment and aims to question the meaning of making in contemporary Britain. A discourse is constructed around oral testimonies in which home craft makers are also its consumers, which situates the home as a site of production and consumption. Rather than interpreting person/object relations as an extension of 'taste', a more dynamic interplay of social and cultural relations is established by investigating the choice of kits, patterns and the subjects made by respondents. This is discussed in relation to their display and juxtaposed with popular concepts of art, artistry, aesthetics and decoration. This article therefore confronts the ordinary and its consequent transformation into the extraordinary.

Divisions: Bath School of Art and Design
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