This is well worth listening too:
BBC Radio 4 Craft and Community
excerpt from website:
Is DIY culture and home improvement linked to the ideals of John Ruskin? David Gauntlett, author of Making is Connecting believes it is and he contends that bloggers and online enthusiasts are the inheritors of Britain's creative culture - making communities through their craft in the same way that medieval stone masons used to do. But is posting a skate-boarding dog on YouTube really comparable to carving a gargoyle on a gothic cathedral? The sociologist Richard Sennett joins Laurie Taylor and David Gauntlett to discuss making things, creating communities and what counts as craftsmanship. Producer: Charlie Taylor.
Professor of Media and Communications at the School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster
His first book Moving Experiences (1995) sparked controversy throughout the British press for its rejection of ‘media effects’ studies. Gauntlett has been developing new creative research methods, in which people are asked to make things (using, for example, video, drawing, collage, Lego) as a central part of an expressive research process. This work is covered in detail in Creative Explorations: New approaches to identities and audiences (2007).
Thanks to Georgia for posting it on her blog...I get there in the end!
For a bit of a break, listen to this one too.... completely unrelated to my research!
So my first post is about beer:-) Tasmanian beer at that..... (it's where I grew up). Having recently read Peter Dormer's The Culture of Craft, I am now seeing tacit knowledge everywhere....knowing through doing. It's interesting to see it used in a marketing strategy; the language here goes beyond the usual references to tradition breeding perfection, and focuses instead on the embodied knowledge that practice over many years develops.