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Introduction

While most craft-focused online content centers around a practitioner's work, Redefining Craft is centered on the manifestation of values through people and their projects. Redefining Craft is building pedagogically-useful content that is relevant to the hybrid intersections of art, craft, and design as well as these domains’ relationship to technology and also, critical thinking as it pertains to the education and training of students in studio art and design in higher education.

Redefining Craft identifies and communicates the values at the heart of craft practice while also making it possible to interact with and learn from others with divergent aesthetics.

Over time, Redefining Craft will build and convey 21st Century knowledge around issues that emerge as artists and designers create new work with the tools and materials that they have available. In this sense, Redefining Craft will contextualize the historical in art and design while documenting and highlighting the emergent.

Additional Background

The art-historical perspective gives rise to historically-grounded and traditional definitions of art, craft, and design, while today, artists and designers are using new materials, processes, and technologies to create art that could not be made previously.

When new contexts and perspectives for making emerge, this changes the way that we consider, perceive, and evaluate the outcomes in art, craft, and design. Also, the concept of hybridity challenges the notion that creative outcomes can and should be divided into distinct disciplinary categories.

Occasionally, traditional art historical definitions and practices require re-examination and an update. For example, recently, there have been vigorous critiques of the art and design canons due to a lack of diversity in the representation of class, race, and gender. As these problems are addressed, there is a growing need to develop a more conscious outlook as well as a more nimble vocabulary.

Redefining Craft is a content stream and an online learning community that interrogates aesthetics in the places and spaces where art, craft, design, and technology intersect; we are interested in finding 21st Century answers to 21st Century questions.

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Dennis Stevens, Ed.D.
Dennis Stevens is an inventor, an artist, an educator, and a writer. Dennis holds a doctorate of education from Teachers College, Columbia University. More info: https://dennis-stevens.com and https://www.amazon.com/author/dstevens