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The ‘new’ craft phenomena and the contemporary museum

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By attending to the rise of craft, museums can play an important role in asking questions about the material culture, context and the cultural life extending from craft. This article explores the relationships between the museum and current wave of craft. I argue that, as custodians and translators of material culture, museums are positioned powerfully to attend to matters of craft in ways that allow for the interpretation of a changing cultural phenomenon. I do so by exploring the extent to which the ‘third wave’ of craft has infiltrated public, cultural and scholarly life. This is considered in the context of the contemporary museum with regard to implications for museum positioning and practice.
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Keywords: art; craft; makers; material culture; museums

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Australia

Publication date: March 1, 2016

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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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