Before I continue on my own thought path, I'd like to share this book review highlighted in the latest designboom newsletter of the new book "By Hand: the use of craft in contemporary art" by Shu Hung and Joseph Magliaro, Princeton Architectural, 2006, ISBN: 1568986106.
Here's a sample of the review:
"age-old techniques, often passed down from one generation to another. with focus on detail.it takes a long time to make something.in these laborious art works the process becomes important.to ‘craft’, meaning to ‘care’, is restored to its original sense.the process of fabrication as gestures of sincerity."
Unfortunately, it wont be available on Amazon until after Christmas, but worth adding to the wishlist.
Image 2: "Cute and Scary" (detail) by Aya Kakeda, 2004