Hand in hand: the changing relationship between the craft discipline, new technologies and higher education learning and teaching

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Abstract

Creating and making objects using the hand, tools and materials has always been part of human history. Technologies have formed a crucial part of this endeavour, allowing materials and material making processes to be challenged, developed and extended to meet the needs of people living in every known human culture and at all levels of society. These processes and technologies have evolved through our human understanding of how the world works around us. The developing understanding of the relationship between hand skills and technologies continues throughout the world at many different levels of complexity. As Glenn Adamson points out in his book Thinking Through Practice(2007, p.4), "Craft only exists in motion. It is a way of doing things." Education provides the opportunity and space to gain a deeper understanding of how physical objects can emerge. It enables the underlying principles of craft not only to be understood and explored but also challenged and experimented with. The space between the handmade and the manufacture of objects produced by computer-controlled machinery can be highly productive for learning, offering important cross-discipline collaborations and research connections.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNetworks
Volume13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2011

Keywords

  • craft
  • objects
  • technologies
  • experimentation
  • haptic

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