Thanks for having a look at Redefining Craft! It’s great to have you here.
So, if you don’t know anything about me, my name is Dennis Stevens. I am an adult educator and a writer based in the Hudson Valley of New York.
Redefining Craft was a popular site from 2004 to 2009 and was instrumental in leading many to rethink craft's relationship to design and the maker movement. Here’s a link to an article that I wrote for American Craft Magazine in 2009: DIY: Revolution 3.0-Beta
I have a background as a studio art educator. I completed my doctor of Education degree in art and art education in 2010 with a focus on the college teaching of art at Teachers College, Columbia University.
The re-launch of the Redefining Craft site is focused on building pedagogically-useful content that is relevant to the hybrid intersections of art, craft, and design as well as these domain's 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.
More information on me is available online at:
Vast Playground -- LinkedIn -- and, my MuckRack Bio (in development)
In this new iteration, 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.
I'm happy to discuss how this new content can fit into the broader dialogue and also, how new content can be built out to supplement teaching and learning in the related art, craft, and design undergraduate and graduate coursework in higher edcuation, both nationally and internationally. I have plans to offer semester term subscriptions for 16 weeks or so, for students that are taking specific courses where the reading here is a part of their course requirement. (Stay tuned on this while I work out the details!)
If you are interested, you can reach me directly using the “contact me” link on the Vast Playground website.
If my plans here seem relevant to your interests, please feel free to contact me directly for more details, as I'm in the process of assessing the broader higher education program needs at the moment.
Also, if you are interested in supporting my work here, I hope that you will consider becoming a paid subscriber. I am looking for a few committed founding annual members to help get this site off the ground! This is a commitment of $210 per year.
Thanks for your support and I look forward to beginning our conversation soon!
Happy 2022 and stay safe! Expect much more from me very soon.