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Craft & Society - research theme

Activities within the research field Craft & Society consider key contemporary questions facing craft practices today. Contemporary craft sits at the intersection of art and design and attends to the meaning of materials and the meaning of making. The proximity of craft to production arguably allows the contemporary craft disciplines to uphold their ethical standards, but also implicates craft in confronting the overproduction of our material world.

The Craft & Society research strand considers debates about:

  • tacit knowledge
  • material resources, labour and the global south
  • definitions of skill
  • community, empathy and care
  • Pedagogical research in sloyd considers how artefacts mediate meaning for learning through multimodal activities that relate to both formal educational practices and informal practices in the society.

Research projects include:

  • contemporary craft and postcolonial literature
  • woven textiles and mourning rituals
  • textiles and architecture
  • jewellery, place making and dissolving heritage
  • digital and analogue image making in tapestry weaving
  • community weaving and identity
  • blacksmithing, tools and the body
  • ceramics as language-practice
  • sloyd and pedagogy

Research projects

Crafting Desire: An international design history of gay male fetish making

This three-year project comprises four investigations that combine archival research with oral histories to identify and analyse cultures of making from international BDSM networks in the 1970s, to contemporary Finnish textile printing.

Funding: The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, 2019-2021
Host: HDK
Researcher: Tom Cubbin

Textiles, rites, death

Senior lecturer Birgitta Nordström

Urban materiality Towards New Collaborations in Textile and Architectural Design

Can textiles and architecture merge into something new that can be useful in urban environments? The project examines the field of textile architecture including an accoustic perspective. The aim is to create an interdisciplinary research platform for cooperation in textile architecture.

Funding: 2016-2018, the Swedish Research Council
Host: HDK
Contact: researcher Kristina Fridh
Presentation of the research project Urban Materiality

Writing Craft

Jessica Hemmings, Professor of Crafts

PhD projects

Jewellery, place making and dissolving heritage

Nicolas Cheng, doctoral student in crafts

Digital and analogue image making in tapestry weaving

Emelie Röndahl, doctoral student in crafts

Community weaving and identity

Rosa Tolnov Claussen, doctoral student in crafts 

Blacksmithing, tools and the body

Gustav Thane, doctoral student in crafts 

Ceramics as language-practice

Dissertation by previous doctoral student in Crafts Mårten Medbo

Sloyd and pedagogy

Doctoral students in Research on Arts Education:


Top image: from the project Export/Import by Rosa Tolnov Clausen, doctoral student. Photo: Kohei Usuda. The photo is cropped.

Page Manager: Carina Krantz|Last update: 11/30/2018

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