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Crafting revivals?

Peach, Andrea


Andrea Peach


Juliette MacDonald

Catharine Rossi


This paper originates from PhD research which I am currently undertaking on craft in the 1970s, a time which craft historians and theorists generally acknowledge as one of revival and reinvention of craft practice across Britain. Today we are experiencing what has also been described as a 'craft renaissance'. This paper considers whether the craft revival of the 1970s shares any parallel causal features with today. To do this, three areas will be explored; the role of the state, the relationship of craft to contemporary fine art, and the socio-economic climate of the period. Although the breadth of this subject precludes a comprehensive study here, it is hoped that some useful comparisons might be drawn here.


PEACH, A. 2013. Crafting revivals? An investigation into the craft revival of the 1970's: can contemporary comparisons be drawn? In MacDonald, J. and Rossi, C. (eds.) Ideas of the handmade: histories and theories of making. Selected papers from a symposium held on 20 April 2012, Edinburgh, UK. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University [online], pages 46-56. Available from:

Conference Name Ideas of the handmade
Conference Location Edinburgh, UK
Start Date Apr 20, 2012
Acceptance Date Apr 20, 2012
Online Publication Date Apr 20, 2012
Publication Date Jun 30, 2013
Deposit Date Jan 26, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 26, 2018
Publisher University of Edinburgh
Pages 46-56
Keywords Craft; 1970s; British craft; Craft revival
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