1st Edition

Makers, Crafters, Educators Working for Cultural Change

Edited By Elizabeth Garber, Lisa Hochtritt, Manisha Sharma Copyright 2019
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    Makers, Crafters, Educators brings the do-it-yourself (DIY) ethos of maker and crafter movements into educational environments, and examines the politics of cultural change that undergird them. Addressing making and crafting in relation to community and schooling practices, culture, and place, this edited collection positions making as an agent of change in education. In the volume’s five sections—Play and Hacking, Access and Equity, Interdependence and Interdisciplinarity, Cultural and Environmental Sustainability, and Labor and Leisure—authors from around the world present a collage of issues and practices connecting object making, participatory culture, and socio-cultural transformation. Offering gateways into cultural practices from six continents, this volume explores the participatory culture of maker and crafter spaces in education and reveals how community sites hold the promise of such socio-cultural transformation.

    Foreword, Garth Johnson

    1. Introduction: Makers, Crafters, Educators: Working for Cultural Change, Elizabeth Garber, Lisa Hochtritt, and Manisha Sharma

    Section One: Play and Hacking

    2. The Joy of Tinkering, Anne Thwaits

    3. The Sewing Rebellion, Lisa Vinebaum

    4. Tinkering with Change: A Makerspace at a University Art Museum, Chelsea Farrar

    5. Material Inquiry: Digital Materials, People, and the Relationships Between Them, Marta Cabral and Sean Justice

    6. Pedagogy of the Hack: El Rancho Electrónico and the Culture of Surveillance, León de la Rosa-Carrillo in conversation with Estrella Soria, Gato Viejo, Hacklib, and Jorge David García (AKA Sísifo Pedroza)

    7. Makerspaces in a University Art and Design Context: Resourcing the Adult Imagination, Alexandra Byrne, Jim Ward, and Kim Snepvangers

    8. DIY in Art Education and Art Teacher Training in Turkey, Vedat Özsoy

    9. Maker Ed: Shifting Vision, Culture, and Systems, Stephanie Chang

    10. Empty Bowls, Full Minds: Connecting Classroom Learning to Empirical Experiences, Jill Menaugh

    11. Jugaad in Innovative Making and Crafting in India: Examining the Work of Sanjeev Shankar, Asavari Thatte

    12. What Spinning Teaches Me, Daniel T. Barney

    Section Two: Access and Equity

    13. Do-It-Yourself Movement: A Perspective from a Brazilian Craft Context, Leda Guimarães

    14. Does Outreach Equal Equity? Thoughts on the Impact and Challenges of Off-site Community Programs and the Struggle to Use the Arts in Achieving Social Justice, Sarah B. McCann

    15. Contradiction and Answering Back: Trickster in the Makerspace for People with Disabilities, John Ploof

    16. Beyond the Manifestos: Equity and Learning in Makerspaces, Grace Wingo and Kimberly M. Sheridan

    17. ArtMakerSpace as Tactical Pedagogy: Meaningful Making in a Studio Art Context, Steve Ciampaglia and Kerry Richardson

    18. Future Fiber Feminism and Change Through Craft, Courtney Lee Weida

    19. Cave of Secrets, Liz Collins

    20. Thinking in Water: The Process of Collaborative Craft as Social Practice, Christen Sperry-Garcia, Felix Rodriguez, Xalli Zúñiga, and B. Stephen Carpenter, II

    21. Two Queer Academics Walk Into a Makerspace: Hacking Patriarchy and Knowledge, Rebecka A. Black and Anna Ramsey

    22. Xerocraft: Makerspaces, Democracy, Anarchism, and Education, Lino Garibaldi

    Section Three: Interdependence and Interdisciplinarity

    23. DouglaPrieta: Sewing Together the Borderlands, Sowing Interdependence, Dwight Metzger and Kelly Watters

    24. Patterns of Repair: Sewing with Court-Involved Teens, Alexandra Lakind

    25. Embroidered Narratives: Threads of the Selfie, R. Darden Bradshaw

    26. The Innovation Institute: Making Progress, David Gran

    27. The Crafts in Interdisciplinary Curriculum in School, Seija Karppinen

    28. A Letter to My Son, Shana Pearlmutter

    29. Mongolian Artists and Craft, Uranchimeg Tsultemin

    30. Queering Craft: Nick Cave, James H. Sanders III

    31. Mawadisidiwag miinawaa Wiidanokiindiwag // They Visit and Work Together, Dylan AT Miner

    32. Feminist Visual Tactics, Ellen Lesperance

    33. Maker Culture in Nepal: Making vs. making, Supriya Manandhar

    Section Four: Cultural and Environmental Sustainability

    34. Sacred Makers, Damara Jacobs-Morris

    35. The (Re)Making of Culture: Annotations of Practices in Secondary School Art in Singapore, Bee Kim Koh

    36. Local Roots: Bridging Southern Craft and Museum Audiences through Materials and Engagement, Carissa DiCindio

    37. Peruvian Artists-Crafters-Makers, Amanda Alexander

    38. Crafts as Sanctuary for Korean Immigrants, Ryan Shin

    39. Crafting Content for Innovative Learning in Design Education, Ramneek Kaur Majithia

    40. Sustainable Craft Practices and Space-making in Tech Design Contexts, Smriti Saraswat

    41. From a Lost Paradise to an Elusive Utopia: Crafts and Sustainability, Nicholas Houghton

    42. If Fab Lab Is the Answer, What Is the Question? Maker Culture as a Method for a Sustainable Future, Mira Kallio-Tavin

    43. The Walls Tell the Story: Making as Collective Force in the Evolution of an Earth Home Community, Cala Coats

    Section Five: Labor and Leisure

    44. Principles of Sustainable Creativity: How to Make a Lifelong Creative Practice (That You Actually Enjoy), Scott Pinkmountain

    45. Engaging with Grassroots Artisans, Anna Waldman-Brown

    46. Creating a Wood Carving Tradition in Malawi, Emma Kelley Bussard and Ann E. McCleary

    47. Taxi Fabric: We the Living, Jatin Kampani

    48. Creating and Managing a Community Education Space for Arts and Crafts in Oaxaca, Mexico, Soledad Zamora

    49. Developing a Collective Learning Arts Space: Implications for Art Educators in Diverse Settings, Natasha S. Reid

    50. Spotlight on Creative Scotland and Dundee Visual Arts and Craft Makers Award Scheme, Sandra Wilson

    51. Social Utopia: Craft and Progress, Mary Callahan Baumstark

    52. Skilled Knowledge and Craft Education, Rachel Mason

    53. Error Against the Machine: The Human Case for Leisurely Imperfection, Lobregat Balaguer

    54. On Being Inconsequential: Making, Craft, and Liquid Leisure, Sarah R. Davies


    Elizabeth Garber is Professor Emeritx of Art at the University of Arizona, USA.

    Lisa Hochtritt is Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), USA.

    Manisha Sharma is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Arizona, USA.

    "Through stories of contemporary makers throughout the world, art teachers and community artist educators will be inspired to develop their own uniquely situated spaces of making—individually and collaboratively—in the interstices between current practices. Eschewing dichotomies and filled with unexpected juxtapositions of histories, theories, and philosophies with new and ancient making practices, the book provides seemingly endless possible combinations of spinning and shaping new, deeply engaging discourses of thought and hand."

    —Olivia Gude, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA

    "This book offers a delightful array of research, ideas, and tools for thinking about creative practice around the world. Across diverse chapters, with a commendable emphasis on equity and inclusion, the authors show how the integration of making, crafting and learning is vital for building a better world."

    —David Gauntlett, Ryerson University, Canada

    "Makers, Crafters, and Educators is an insightful, diverse collection of essays highlighting the cultural and artistic practices of making.  This book represents a truly diverse group of contexts that effectively showcase how making creates and is created by social, cultural, and historical communities. Written primarily as firsthand accounts, these essays take the reader into the world of craft practices and makerspaces like no other volume on this topic."

    Erica Halverson, University of Wisconsin, USA