Craft Unbound book

‘If you live the sacred and despise the ordinary, you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion.’
Lin-Chi Buddhist proverb

craft unbound cover

craft unbound cover

This site arises out of a publication Craft Unbound: Make the Common Preciouswhich also formed the basis of an exhibition that toured to Santiago, Chile. You can read the introduction here.

According to John McPhee in Art Monthly:

The text is refreshingly unpretentious and free of ‘art speak’. It includes some illuminating biographical information that throws light on the careers of the artists and how they make their work. He frequently describes experiences which turned out to be life affirming for the young artists, and their stories are told with an admirable directness.

Craft Unbound continues the exploration of new developments in contemporary craft, particularly related to the movement of ‘poor craft’. ‘Poor craft’ is used here as a term to describe the creative strategy of using materials that have little or no value. It is a style that has been important in recent Australian contemporary craft, but resonates also with practices elsewhere, particularly in the South.

Craft Unbound can be downloaded as an e-book here.

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