Global vs. Rural: Sustainable Practices of Making, Journal Contribution in 'Making Futures, The Crafts in the Context of Emerging Global Sustainability Agendas, Ed. Ferris, M. and Bolton, T. 2010. ISSN 2042-1664

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    This research paper presented at the International Conference ‘Making Futures’ focused on the revival of crafts, their location in the cultural context of East Europe and assessed their role in reevaluating sustainable practices of making. It discussed the regeneration of the handmade in artisan communities as a self-sufficient model of production; and discussed craft as a cooperative system of making, sustaining traditional ways of life. The text highlighted the concept of the folk market as a potential tool for elevating the circulation of craft products in a ‘closed economy’. By using a combined ethnographic and empirical methodology the research explains the regeneration of the handmade culture as a means of sustaining the cultural heritage and identity of artisan communities. It presented craft production as a cooperative system of making, sustaining traditional ways of life and the concept of the folk market as a potential tool for elevating the production and circulation of craft products in a ‘closed economy’.This research project continues scholarly research on the historical preservation of the crafts within the entity of the village as an ethno-genetic process developed at the Design History Society Annual International Conference ‘Writing Design: Object, Process, Discourse, Translation’, University of Hertfordshire (3-5 September 2009, with the paper - ‘Framing Design Narratives: Forms of Collecting’). The project also continued research presented at the International Conference ‘New Craft, Future Voices’ (Past, Present and Future Craft Practice Research) held at University of Dundee and published as ‘Using as Consuming’, in ‘Aesthetics, Collaborative Practice, Communicating Craft, Critical Engagement’ - Book section, Ed. Georgina Follett and Louise Valentine. Published by the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and the Scottish Arts Council ISBN 1 899837 55 8
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)36-40
    JournalMaking Futures
    Volume1
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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    Keywords

    • sustainable practices of making
    • the handmade
    • artisan communities
    • cooperative system of making
    • craft products

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