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Knotty cartographies: Augmenting everyday looking practices of craft and race

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This article examines the disruption of looking and seeing behaviours pertaining to everyday engagements with race and domestic crafts. The notion of the ‘everyday’ derives from Philomena Essed’s approach to analysing racism, a framework that makes visible the veiled manifestations of racial and ethnic inequalities pervasive within societal discourses and practices. Essed’s idea of the ‘everyday’ emphasizes the invisibility of everyday racism. This idea can be extended to domestic crafts: both are perceived as inconsequential, apolitical and ordinary. Despite its innocuous demeanour, everyday racism has material consequences that continue to perpetuate racial inequalities at a systemic level. This article maps out the socio-political impacts of racism vis-à-vis domestic craft. It traces these impacts theoretically. In addition, the author has conceived a visual representation of everyday racism in the form of a macramé wall hanging and augmented reality (AR) technologies in order to offer the viewer a medium for reflection on the socio-political implications of the ‘everydayness’ of racism.
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Keywords: augmented reality; craft; craftivism; everyday racism; macramé; race; social justice

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Arizona, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2018

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  • The aim of Craft Research is to advocate and promote current and emerging craft research, including research into materials, processes, methods, concepts, aesthetic and style. This may be in any discipline area of the applied arts and crafts, including craft education.

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