Journal Article

Here's One I Made Earlier

Jo Turney

in Journal of Design History

Published on behalf of Design History Society

Volume 17, issue 3, pages 267-282
Published in print September 2004 | ISSN: 0952-4649
Published online September 2004 | e-ISSN: 1741-7279 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/17.3.267
Here's One I Made Earlier

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This paper aims to investigate the ways in which the makers of home craft negotiate the meanings of ‘design’, ‘craft’ and ‘art’. Developing from studies in sociology, anthropology, design history and material culture, this paper questions the production and consumption of home-crafted objects within the domestic environment and aims to question the meaning of making in contemporary Britain. A discourse is constructed around oral history testimonies in which home craft makers are also its consumers, which situates the home as a site of production and consumption. Rather than interpreting person/object relations as an extension of ‘taste’, a more dynamic interplay of social and cultural relations is established by investigating the choice of kits, patterns and subjects made by respondents. This is discussed in relation to their display and juxtaposed with popular concepts of art, artistry, aesthetics and decoration. This article therefore confronts the ordinary and its consequent transformation into the extraordinary.

Keywords: crafts—design—domestic display—identity—material culture studies—textiles

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Subjects: History of Art ; Art Forms ; Industrial and Commercial Art ; Art Styles

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