Making Stories


"Craft can offer methods of enquiry, can transform modes of learning in schools and can teach us to examine how we live in a material world."

In October 2012 the Making It project brought crafts makers, educators and the general public together in a three day event of workshops, live demonstrations and talks that was buzzing with energy. This entertaining and scholarly interactive book by Alice Kettle, with co-authors Insa Langhorst and Huw Wahl, takes Making It as a starting point but goes beyond. In the first chapter, The Journey of Material Change, participants at Making It share writings, sound clips and videos in which they discuss their work and their making practice, with illustrations of work, of installations and of their workshops.  The contributions in the second chapter, Talking about Making, discuss the context of making. They look at the teaching and learning of craft, the championing of making through organisations and the personal connection with the spiritual self, and they reflect current debates on the relevance of craft. 

Making Stories is generously illustrated in multimedia and has an extensive bibliography. The section divider pages feature new drawings by Alice Kettle, Insa Langhorst and Huw Wahl. The book will be valuable for makers, collectors, educators and researchers.

Making Stories is available from the iBookstore (worldwide). AVAILABLE NOW 

List price GBP 7.49 SPECIAL UK OFFER PRICE ON 12 JULY 2013 ONLY - £3.99 
85 pages
ISBN 978 09574243 2 6

Alice Kettle is an artist with work in many international collections. As a writer she co-authored Machine Stitch Perspectives 2010 and Hand Stitch Perspectives 2012, both published by Bloomsbury. Her interest in collaborative practice initiated the Pairings project and she has co-authored Collaboration through Craft, published by Bloomsbury 2013. She is Senior Research Fellow at MIRIAD, Manchester School of Art, MMU and is Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester. 

Insa Langhorst studied anthropology and worked as a freelance filmmaker on a variety of collaborative film projects. She is currently exploring the meaning of work, craft and knowledge through audiovisual and mixed media.

Huw Wahl is an artist and researcher with a Masters in photography from UCLAN University. He is influenced by anthropological and observational approaches, which emphasize the situated, partial and inter-subjective aspects of image making and creativity.

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