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Notions of skill
University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, The Department of Design, Crafts and Art (DKK), Ädellab/Metal.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

The starting point in the field of research in this essay, is skill in contemporary craft. The term is loaded with values and preconceptions. The essay pays attention to how the topic is discussed currently in the craft field. Society is changing and naturally the variety and amount in skills is changing accordingly. The role of education, teaching and learning in the acquisition of skills is discussed. Skill in craft is viewed in two of its extreme ends, sloppy craft and “hypermaking”. Sloppy craft is a trend where the craftsmanship is not demonstrated by a consious choice. “Hypermaking” refers to artists whose technical skills are tremendous. .


The main part of the investigation of skill is made through artistic research in the field of contemporary jewellery. The maker’s practice is dominated by one material, stone. Throughout the investigation, a diary has been kept in order to record the thinking and making in the working process. This has revealed notions of different aspects of skill: silent knowledge in manual skill, how the skill can trick the maker, and how skill grows by time. Artistic research has also clarified the maker’s relationship to stone.  The essay focuses on how the traditional stoneworking skill is challenged by the maker by using readymade instead of a raw stone material. The reason for challenging is the need of confrontation in artistic development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 15 p.
Keyword [en]
skill, craft, readymade, artistic reseach, stone
National Category
URN: urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-3998OAI: diva2:624566
Educational program
Jewellery + Corpus (Ädellab/Metal, Master)

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