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Sloppy Craft - Postdisciplinarity and the Crafts

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Edited by Elaine Cheasley Paterson and Susan Surette

Sloppy Craft: Postdisciplinarity and the Crafts brings together leading international artists and critics to explore the possibilities and limitations of the idea of 'sloppy craft' – craft that is messy or unfinished looking in its execution or appearance, or both. The contributors address 'sloppiness' in contemporary art and craft practices including painting, weaving, sewing and ceramics, consider the importance of traditional concepts of skill, and the implications of sloppiness for a new 21st-century emphasis on inter- and post-disciplinarity, as well as for activist, performance, queer, and Aboriginal practices.

In addition to critical essays, the book includes a 'conversation' section in which contemporary artists and practitioners discuss challenges and opportunities of 'sloppy craft' in their practice and teaching and an afterword by Glenn Adamson.


Bloomsbury Academic, 2015, softcover, 6.28 x 9.18 inches, 240 pages