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There is far too little handicraft going on at the University
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Design.
2016 (English)In: In this Place : Cumulus Association Biannual International Conference: Conference proceedings : Wednesday 27 April - Sunday 1 May 2016 / [ed] Duncan Higgins, Venu Dhupa, Nottingham Trent University, 2016, p. 127-132Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Design educations have transformed and changed significantly in the last decades. While, visual expression and craft based workshops used to occupy a big part of the students’ time, nowadays many subject matters compete about time in the curriculum. There is little time for reflection, playfulness or free experimentation. For students this development can be stressful and demanding. I do not believe this is optimal for someone trying to be creative.

From my experience, handicraft (or Swedish ‘pyssel’) is often ridiculed in the ‘serious’ design discourse. However, it is my hypothesis that this very activity can play a vital role in fostering strong designers. Handicraft can bridge the gap between the effective, purposeful work for fast result and the more practical, analogue and thoughtful part craft can play by letting student ́s try practical work in a playful ‘handicrafty’ way.

This paper presents findings from my ongoing research exploring the possibility and potential of handicraft in a design context. The research is conducted through creative workshops and seminars with bachelor and masters students in the Department of design, Linnaeus University, Sweden.

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Nottingham Trent University, 2016. p. 127-132
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handicraft, practical based knowledge and learning, time, creativity
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Design
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Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60912ISBN: 978-0-9928878-1-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-60912DiVA, id: diva2:1076690
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In this Place : Cumulus Association Biannual International Conference : Wednesday 27 April - Sunday 1 May 2016
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