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Craft, Community and the Material Culture of Place and Politics, 19th-20th Century : The Histories of Material Culture and Collecting, 1700–1950 - Janice Helland

Craft, Community and the Material Culture of Place and Politics, 19th-20th Century

The Histories of Material Culture and Collecting, 1700–1950

By: Janice Helland (Editor), Beverly Lemire (Editor), Alena Buis (Editor), Assoc. Prof. Michael E. Yonan (Editor)

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Craft practice has a rich history and remains vibrant, sustaining communities while negotiating cultures within local or international contexts. More than two centuries of industrialization have not extinguished handmade goods; rather, the broader force of industrialization has redefined and continues to define the context of creation, deployment and use of craft objects. With object study at the core, this book brings together a collection of essays that address the past and present of craft production, its use and meaning within a range of community settings from the Huron Wendat of colonial Quebec to the Girls' Friendly Society of twentieth-century England. The making of handcrafted objects has and continues to flourish despite the powerful juggernaut of global industrialization, whether inspired by a calculated refutation of industrial sameness, an essential means to sustain a cultural community under threat, or a rejection of the imposed definitions by a dominant culture. The broader effects of urbanizing, imperial and globalizing projects shape the multiple contexts of interaction and resistance that can define craft ventures through place and time. By attending to the political histories of craft objects and their makers, over the last few centuries, these essays reveal the creative persistence of various hand mediums and the material debates they represented.

'Together, [the essays] bring fresh perspectives to the study of non-industrial craft in a fascinating variety of contexts during the 19th and 20th centuries, from the shores of Lake Ontario to the North Island of New Zealand; from colonial India to Colonial Revival collections in New Castle, Delaware; and rural County Donegal, Ireland to the West End of London. Collectively, the essays demonstrate that, across the globe, craft was deeply invested in modernity and vice versa.' Reviews in History

Contents: Introduction, Janice Helland, Beverly Lemire and Alena Buis; Village craft, rural industry: the politics of modern globalized craft, Edward S. Cooke, Jr; Souvenir arts, collectable crafts, cultural heritage: the Huron-Wendat of Wendake, Quebec, Anne de Stecher; 'To foster and encourage the study and practice of Maori arts and crafts': indigenous material culture, colonial arts and crafts and New Zealand museums, Conal McCarthy; Re-constructing the Dutch house: women, craft and community in early-20th century American collecting, Alena M. Buis; From the gift shop to the permanent collection: women and the circulation of Inuit art in 20th-century Canada, Anne Whitelaw; Revival, beneficence and 'fair trade': an historical perspective, Janice Helland; Negotiating the colonial encounter: making and trading objects for export in the Andaman Islands, 1858-1949, Claire Wintle; The Girls' Friendly Society central needlework depot 1899-1947: crafting inclusion for 'invalid' women, Vivienne Richmond; Crafting suburbia: the community as craft object, Lily Crowther; The Guild of All Arts in Scarborough, Ontario: craft, community and memories, Alla Myzelev; Index.

ISBN: 9781409462071
ISBN-10: 1409462072
Series: The Histories of Material Culture and Collecting, 1700–1950
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 1st January 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.78  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Type: New edition