‘Sustainability’ certainly seems the word of the 21st century. But it is not unprecedented. As the papers in the latest issue of Craft & Design Enquiry show, there are strong connections with the response to industrialisation by the Arts & Crafts Movement in 19th century England. Reviewing this history may provide an important guide to the future.
Craft Australia announces the publication of the third issue of craft + design enquiry, its open access, peer-reviewed online journal interrogating discourses surrounding craft and design practice. See www.craftaustralia.org.au/cde
Sustainability in craft and design explores the role of craft and design in social change responding to the challenge of global warming.
It features articles:
- Towards a post-consumer subjectivity: a future for the crafts in the twenty first century? by Peter Hughes
- Ideological constructs – past visions/future possibilities: evaluating the endangered subjects in the context of emerging global sustainability and environmental agendas by Mary Loveday Edwards
- Theorising a transformative agenda for craft by Matthew Kiem
- Ecology and the aesthetics of imperfect balance by Roderick Bamford
- Craft and sustainable development: reflections on Scottish craft and pathways to sustainability by Emilia Ferraro, Rehema White, Eoin Cox, Jan Bebbington and Sandra Wilson
- Sustaining crafts and livelihoods: handmade in India by Sharmila Wood