Crafting Handmade Design
From knitting circles, crafting communities, and the local artisan made goods, contemporary culture has seen a rise in the handmade. Looking beyond the aesthetic trendiness, this course explores the production and theory of contemporary craft as a response to the hyper digital, environmental impact, social identity and political awareness.
Crafting Handmade Design introduces students to skills and concepts in using the handmade as a tool for design process and practice. Techniques will be introduced that present the handmade as a means for creating structures and surfaces as well as ornamentation and expression. Lectures and discussions will complement project work to contextualize the practice within current craft and design field that explore conceptual issues the social and political, individual and collective identity, labor and commerce, the handmade and digital, and other contemporary issues.