Craft as a Form of Mindful Inquiry

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In this research paper 'Communication of Craft Practice' is the subject and the problem is one of transparency of the intellectual act and accessibility to the embodied knowledge. Why? The skill of coherently expressing the intellectual and personal voice within the development of craft practice is usually missing. There is a gap in our knowledge.

The aim is to reassess the term craft practice as a means of understanding the impact of social, political and technological change by documenting the practitioner's thinking processes throughout a period of practice. The objective is to nurture a dialogue with practice and document the process of thinking and making associated with craft in an attempt to understand how academic research can facilitate an increase in the level(s) of innovation in practice.

This paper exposes the methods and the accompanying rationale for using them in relation to Mindful Inquiry, and, it presents a new perspective from which to view and discuss craft practice.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2011

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