In Essential Arts and Crafts, Karen Livingstone explores the origins, myths, and multiplicity of the Arts and Crafts movement through some of its most ground-breaking works.
Encompassing painting and the Japanese Mingei (folk craft) movement, she subtly redefines and enlarges our understanding of Arts and Crafts, one of the seminal movements of the modern world.
The Arts and Crafts movement was one of the most far-reaching and influential design movements of modern times, changing the very way people thought about work and the home and producing some archetypal works that still have a strong appeal today.
In the work of designers such as C.R. Mackintosh, C.F.A.Voysey, Josef Hoffmann, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gustav Stickley and Bernard Leach we see the main concerns of Arts and Crafts played out across Europe, America and, later, Japan.
What inspired them all was a profound belief in social and industrial reform, the revival of handicrafts, a return to the simple.
About the Author
Karen Livingstone is Curator of the exhibition International Arts and Crafts, and a Research Fellow at the V&A. She is editor with Linda Parry of International Arts and Crafts (2005) and has contributed to several publications, including Design and the Decorative Arts : Britain 1500-1900 (2001) and the Persistence of Craft (2002).
|The arts and crafts movement||p. 20|
|Workshops and communities||p. 33|
|The arts and crafts home||p. 40|
|From East to West : arts and crafts in America||p. 47|
|The craftsman house||p. 57|
|The Greene and Greene house||p. 59|
|Germany and Austria||p. 63|
|Hungary and Russia||p. 69|
|Gesamtkunstwerk : the home as a total work of art||p. 77|
|Mingei : art of the people||p. 82|
|A new generation||p. 86|
|Homes for the middle class||p. 89|
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 1st March 2005
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 19.7 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1