Amateur Craft: History and Theory by Stephen Knott

By Stephen Knott

Amateur Craft presents an illuminating and historically-grounded account of novice craft within the sleek period, from nineteenth century Sunday painters and beginner carpenters to offer day railway modellers and yarnbombers. Stephen Knott's interesting examine explores the curious and unforeseen attributes of items made outdoors standardised versions of mass creation, arguing that novice craft perform is 'differential' – a brief second of regulate 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 via historic case stories that cluster round the interval 1850–1950. on reflection to the emergence of the fashionable novice, he makes connection with modern artwork and layout perform that harnesses or exploits beginner stipulations of constructing. From Andy Warhol to Simon Starling, such inventive curiosity elucidates the mercurial characteristics of novice craft.

Invaluable for college kids and researchers in artwork and layout, modern craft, fabric tradition and social historical past, Amateur Craft counters either the marginalisation and the glorification of beginner craft perform. it's richly illustrated with forty-one photographs, 14 in color, together with nineteenth century ephemera and works of latest art.

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