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Crafting narratives: Using historical context as a reflective tool

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This article aims to discuss the use of crafting as a reflective tool in creative practice in relation to a particular historical context. The task will be approached by introducing the project 'Power of Everyday Life', which includes an exhibition at the Gallen-Kallela Museum, Finland, as well as the craft-related processes of participating artists. In this article, we discuss the processes related to the making of the works by four of the exhibition artists. In this study, the provided historical context functions as a shared platform that offers a variety of approaches to the given task, dependent on the experiences and life situation of each artist. Working in the context of practice-led research, we utilize our position as reflective practitioners, i.e. practising artists who document, reflect and contextualize our own craft-related processes in the field of art and design.

Keywords: ART; CRAFT; EXHIBITION; HISTORY; NARRATIVE; REFLECTION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/crre.2.37_1

Publication date: June 1, 2011

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