By Hand is a survey of artists using crafting in their work. The works are varied and exciting. This grouping is inspiring, delightful and visually stunning.
The selection criteria is refreshingly open- from sculptures and pictures made of textiles and threads to hand printed books.
Hung and Magliaro focus on work where one clearly sees the makerís hand in a more clear way and process that takes time to complete. The book is beautiful and is a great addition to the library of any maker of things.
The book is careful to avoid the annoying question of art vs craft in its verbal content, but to my mind takes it head on visually. It reminds us that such a subjective division of class is problematic, and todayís art scene has been soaking in stitching and collage. I think the art/ craft dialogue allows one to avoid more difficult questions of quality such as content, sincerity, or historical context.
And dude- I totally want one of those crystal light installations.
By Hand is available from the ever stunning Princeton Architectural Press.
Here is the review by designboom.
all images are from By Hand:The Use of Craft in Contemporary Art, Published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2006