An AHRC-funded project using a case study approach
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Naked Craft Network brings together researchers, writers, curators and industry partners.
Led by Dr Juliette MacDonald and Arno Verhoeven at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), collaborators include Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Scotland and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
The researchers are asking questions such as:
- How will the work of contemporary Scottish makers challenge, or reinforce, the current perception of Scotland abroad?
- In what way will Canadian makers move beyond tradition and the production of stereotyped histories derived from a post-colonial reminiscence?
They are exploring craft’s role in representing the ‘local’ to a global audience and economy, now and in the future.
The partnership is built on a case study approach; initially examining two independent communities with a common heritage - Scotland and Nova Scotia, Canada - through practice, with practitioners, to understand their differing trajectories.
The project’s legacy is an opening up of the channels of communication between the two communities to establish a space for reflecting upon, and re-evaluating, the traditional roles of craft practice in the future.