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Sloppy Craft

Sloppy Craft: Postdisciplinarity and the Crafts

by Elaine Cheasley Paterson

Elaine Cheasley Paterson is Associate Professor of Craft History at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Susan Surette

Susan Surette is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History and Critical Studies at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax, Canada and a professional artist. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2015
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474248983
  • ISBN:
    978-1-4725-3488-0 (hardback)

    978-1-4725-2900-8 (paperback)

    978-1-4725-3307-4 (epub)

    978-1-4742-4897-6 (epdf)

    978-1-4742-4898-3 (online)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2017 2017
Sloppy Craft
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Sloppy Craft: Postdisciplinarity and the Crafts brings together leading international artists and critics to explore the possibilities and limitations of the idea of ‘sloppy craft’ – craft that is messy or unfinished looking in its execution or appearance, or both. The contributors address ‘sloppiness’ in contemporary art and craft practices including painting, weaving, sewing and ceramics, consider the importance of traditional concepts of skill, and the implications of sloppiness for a new 21st century emphasis on inter- and postdisciplinarity, as well as for activist, performance, queer and Aboriginal practices.

In addition to critical essays, the book includes a ‘conversation’ section in which contemporary artists and practitioners discuss challenges and opportunities of ‘sloppy craft’ in their practice and teaching, and an afterword by Glenn Adamson.