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The Arts and Crafts Movement.

THE ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT. Elizabeth Cumming and Wendy Kaplan. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1991. Illustrated, 216 pp., softbound, $12.95.

While historical aspects of the crafts may be traced back to the Paleolithic age, the Arts and Grafts Movement that took place from the late nineteenth century till the beginning of World War I continues to influence today's crafts. Begun as a response to the denigration of the individual craftsperson caused by the industrial revolution, this movement led the fight to make crafts respectable, promoting the moral superiority of honest design and natural materials. This well-illustrated book traces the history in Britain, America and Europe of this idealistic goal of designing and making an object from raw material to finished product. Best suited for readers who want to learn more about this effort to recognize the contribution of the individual in an increasingly mass society.
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Publication:School Arts
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Date:Nov 1, 1992
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