Amateur Craft: History and Theory by Stephen Knott

By Stephen Knott

Amateur Craft offers an illuminating and historically-grounded account of novice craft within the smooth period, from nineteenth century Sunday painters and novice carpenters to offer day railway modellers and yarnbombers. Stephen Knott's attention-grabbing learn explores the curious and unforeseen attributes of items made outdoor standardised versions of mass construction, arguing that novice craft perform is 'differential' – a brief second of keep an eye on over paintings that either departs from and informs our effective engagement with the world.

Knott's dialogue of the theoretical elements of beginner craft perform is substantiated through ancient case reviews that cluster round the interval 1850–1950. on reflection to the emergence of the trendy novice, he makes connection with modern artwork and layout perform that harnesses or exploits novice stipulations of creating. From Andy Warhol to Simon Starling, such creative curiosity elucidates the mercurial features of novice craft.

Invaluable for college students and researchers in paintings and layout, modern craft, fabric tradition and social background, Amateur Craft counters either the marginalisation and the glorification of novice craft perform. it truly is richly illustrated with forty-one photos, 14 in color, together with nineteenth century ephemera and works of latest art.

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