Craft Eco-Fashion Encyclopedia. Image shows work from Dalaleo, Trash-Couture, Mayer, paper dresses, Alice Archer, Refashioned making cutting edge clothing from upcycled material by Sass Brown. Published by Laurence King Publishing 2013. Graphics Kenneth Buddha Jeans


Craft got a renaissance since new designs grown up with computer technology, however, works very little in the physical world suddenly starts getting interested and awakening on now childish it might seem for example “simple wooden printing letter sets” get their attention. Designer experimenting with new materials outside their exclusive turf or ground “digital spheres”, and becomes new discoveries mixed often with their knowledge of technology to create unique, handmade, one-offs products. Sometimes referred to ass the Internet of Thing. Nevertheless, often without this simple technological approach. It’s like they want to use their hands as instruments to create becoming artisans – this incredible sense all creatives have inside of Energy wants to0 manifest concrete products not only abstracts zeroes and ones in the computer.

As digital technology increasingly dominates the creation and production of graphic design, a growing number of designers are looking instead to the physical act of making. They are incorporating a sense of the handmade into new technology or putting such technology aside altogether to explore older production methods like letterpress printing. In “The Macramé of Resistance,” Lorraine Wild positions craft as central to a “designer’s voice.” For Wild, artisans suggest a crucial knowledge acquired through making. She argues that this kind of experience, in addition to more verbal, conceptual approaches, must “form the foundation of a designer’s education and work.”

The refashioned wave is at the forefront of the fashion revolution and a part of the new artisans and craft movement. Artisans, Encore! The New Artisans by Olivier Dupon. Published by Thames & Hudson 2015 are pure Crafts (his first book titled New Artisans published in 2011). Olivier explains: “Craft with a capital letter C is no longer a trend: It is at last enshrined in contemporary life”.  The book covers everything from ceramics, furniture, and textiles and celebrates handmade, uniqueness, creativity, and quality. Both Refashioned and The New Artisans movement is more than just a design, is political, inspirational and invite for the missing parameters of mass-production the annoying, alike collections you find in the retail stores in the high streets. If removing all logos, one does not see any difference or a signature recognisable.

Craft is often associated with the resurgence of ornament in the design community, as well as the broader DIY movement. This is how punk culture rediscovered ways to make music without really be able to play instruments very good. The same principle I guess, is with art, one can make great art without being educated as an artist. It’s all about the insensitive, collaboration ship, experimentation and experimentation that brings greatness alive. A good musician cannot under any circumstances make an “OK song” into a great song even if he uses London symphony orchestra or great vocals or studios to improve it. It still will not become any better. See also Eco-Fashion Encyclopedia related terms Refashioned, the DIY movement and 3D-printing

  • Refashioned, making cutting edge clothing from upcycled material by Sass Brown. Published by Laurence King Publishing 2013
  • Remake It Clothes By Henrietta Thompson illustrations by Neal Whittington. Published by Thames & Hudson 2012
  • Encore! The New Artisans by Olivier Dupon. Published by Thames & Hudson 2015.


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