Page extent: 160
ISBN: 9781849430722
Binding: HardBack

On Craftsmanship: towards a new Bauhaus

Sir Christopher Frayling

HardBack (01 Apr 2011)
£12.99

‘Craftsmanship has again become fashionable in high places, just as it did in the last few recessions.’

The concept of craftsmanship has never been as relevant and timely as it is today. Assailed on all sides by – among many other tendencies - flexible working, short-termism, portfolio careers, quick-fix training and the cult of celebrity, it has recently re-entered public debate with a new sense of urgency. Why? This series of linked essays by the man who ran the Royal College of Art for many years explores the crafts in education, in history and literature, in the contemporary arts landscape, in the language, in the digital age, and takes an unsentimental, hard-headed look at craftsmanship today. Only when the romantic cobwebs have been blown away, it argues, can the key importance of the crafts be fully understood.

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781849430722
Binding HardBack
Page Extent 160

Reviews

 

'On Craftsmanship covers impressive ground over its short 144 pages. Christopher Frayling’s inherent knowledge of art and design makes this book a joy to read.' Manufacture and Industry

‘Covers the concept of craftsmanship, which has never been more relevant and timely as today. In this series of linked essays transcribed from his lectures and talks [Frayling] explores multifaceted themes; through education, history and literature. Written within the contemporary landscape and spoken in the dialect of the digital age he takes an unsentimental look at craft today.’ FAD Magazine

‘An unsentimental, hard-headed look at craftsmanship today... The concept of craftsmanship has never been as relevant as it is now when in a time of recession thoughts about quality and value for money have re-entered public debate with a new sense of urgency’ Designing