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Handmade: craft matters

Handmade: craft matters

Just about halfway through graduate school there was a class that let you research ONE topic for the entire semester! Sounds crazy, but it gave us the chance to investigate potential thesis topics. If you continued to like your topic by the end of the class, it was a good sign you'd have it in you to continue with it as a thesis. Here is my final book.

I was very curious about "handicrafts" at the time. It seemed that everyone was digging handmade stuff; good, bad and ugly! It was very popular in too many ways: To make, To buy, To order, To own. Everywhere I looked I saw Craft Fairs, DIY workshops, Artisan products, and books on the topic. I wanted to take this curiosity to the next level and investigate what it was all about; why it was happening now (then), and what did it mean to the bigger picture?

Each week we were given an assignment with a research component as well as a deliverable component (something we would have to produce and turn in for class). It ended up being one of the more difficult classes at the Academy. Time management for sure. One week is a fast turnaround! And you have other homework at the same time, so... many all nighters that semester.

The following images are some examples of the work I produced for these exercises.

Through out the class we kept journals with notes and sketches. These were also graded and became a nice example of our process. Which is important to be able to show. Much like your brain working on paper. It's important.

The final project for the course was to compile the reaserch and findings into a book. The book should be made in such a manner as to exhibit appropriote materials and styles to match the topic. So the book I produced is bandaide colored, and comes in a nice crafty sleeve. 

A Guide to Gracious Living

A Guide to Gracious Living

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