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International Crafts.

INTERNATIONAL CRAFTS. Martina Margetts, Editor. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1991. 256 pp., hardbound, $65.00

Technology comes in many guises, and in this remarkable celebration of the crafts, the link between technique and technology is evident in the range of styles, imagery and material illustrated. The number and quality of illustrations are astonishing: 460 color illustrations of contemporary crafts from the western world and Japan represent all the main craft disciplines. While crafts may also be viewed as a gesture of protest in a technologically-oriented world, the joining of traditional skills with new tools, materials and processes results in the breaking of exciting new ground and a reaffirmation of the individual spirit. The book begins with an insightful introduction/overview of the crafts by Alison Britton, a respected English potter, writer and teacher. Individual chapters focus on ceramics, textiles, jewelry and metalwork, glass, baskets and wood, lettering and books and furniture. Each chapter begins with a brief essay on the craft area and intersperses informed commentary amid a visual survey of stimulating examples of the craft. The book concludes with biographies of each of the 412 craftspersons represented, along with annotated information on organizations, museums, galleries and publications which feature the crafts.
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Author:Anderson, Kent
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jan 1, 1992
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