Re-Considering Crafts

October 4, 2009
(was 12.14.2008)

America's gone craft crazy. Everyone's knitting, or keeping scrapbooks; throwing pots or wood-working. And naturally, there are new chains of stores that carry all the supplies these crafters need, or think they do. To the Best of Our Knowledge considers what we mean by the word "craft." Does it mean a hand-made object that's almost art? Or could it be anything that's thoughtfully done to the very best of the doer's ability?

  1. Richard Sennett on "The Craftsman"

    Richard Sennett makes the case that our definition of craft should be expanded to include any job a person commits to executing to the best of their abilities.

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  2. Anne Strainchamps on Handmade

    Anne Strainchamps reports on the new vogue for hand-made goods in America. She visits a major crafts show and speaks with vendors and shoppers.

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  3. Jessica Helfand on "Scrapbooks: An American History"

    Jessica Helfand tells Jim Fleming that people constructed unique personal narratives out of whatever materials were at hand, long before there was a scrapbooking business to help them.

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  4. Kelly Lambert on the Healing Power of Craft

    Kelly Lambert tells Anne Strainchamps about her brain research into how using both hands on crafts projects can be as beneficial to the body as taking psychoactive medication.

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  5. Leonard Todd on Potter Dave

    Leonard Todd wrote "Carolina Clay: The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter Dave" to explore the history of two families - Potter Dave's and his own.

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