KONST<s>HANTVERK</s>: Crafted Vernacular -A practice based research through Craft

Frida Hållander
Konstfack College University of Art, Craft and Design, Sweden

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Ingår i: Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 62:10, s. 73-79

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Publicerad: 2011-11-22

ISBN: 978-91-7519-993-1

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


The paper intends to expand and deepen the field of craft; underline it and dissolve it and thereby demand new points of reference to work from; and doing so through the practices of crafts. Craft is traditionally closely linked with what we could define as a well-established concept; within a so-called Swedish identity. I will highlight different “pottering” works and should be seen as a variety of crackdowns; both historic and contemporary; where the object is to highlight the most relevant dominion in the crafts discourse. The paper also discusses knowledge of bodily work; the handicrafts of a fruit-carving artist and the handson-method of crossing concept: konsthantverk. From this a micro cosmos is reflected; these heterotopes represent and resonate; “are”; in this sense; antagonistic practices. We are dealing with power relations; bodily work; plastic flowers; watermelons; values; intra-activity; with the authentic - as well as with the technicalities of cutting the flesh out of a watermelon.


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