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A values-based direction: Overcoming an imbalanced relationship between the designers and craftspeople

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Publication date3/11/2018
Host publicationCumulus Conference Proceedings Wuxi 2018: Diffused Transition & Design Opportunities
EditorsZhang Linghao, Lam Yanyan, Xiao Dongjuan, Gong Miaosen, Shi Di
Place of PublicationWuxi, China
PublisherSchool of Design, Jiangnan University
Pages63-74
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9789526000923
<mark>Original language</mark>English
EventCumulus Wuxi 2018: Diffused Transitions, Design Opportunities - School of Design, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China
Duration: 31/10/20184/11/2018
http://cumuluswuxi2018.org/

Conference

ConferenceCumulus Wuxi 2018
Country/TerritoryChina
CityWuxi
Period31/10/184/11/18
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Conference

ConferenceCumulus Wuxi 2018
Country/TerritoryChina
CityWuxi
Period31/10/184/11/18
Internet address

Abstract

The paper presents ongoing research on the examination of craft-design collaborations and understanding of related design practices. To do this, a literature review in craft making and in design process is conducted. From this, three common characteristics of design and craft are distinguished, and these commonalities provide a basis for craft-design collaborations. However, there are also significant differences in terms of purpose, product, process, materials, and in the understanding of prototypes. In addition, the literature on craft practices shows that craft enterprises nowadays are strongly influenced by the market and modern technologies. Because designers are better at visualizing design concepts and have a better understanding of the market and technology, they normally dominated or even lead the collaborative process, which means there is an imbalanced relationship between the designers and craftspeople. Such imbalance raises another problem, which is how designers and craftspeople maintain an appropriate relationship and balance in their collaborative activities. Based on a second-round literature on values and crafts, we suggest that the core of design interventions should be the continuation of traditions and the conveyance of values, instead of catering for mainstream markets or offering rather superficial innovations.