Craft as a Form of Mindful Inquiry

How do we raise the level of innovation in craft practice and develop new strategies for the sector?

Craft as a Form of Mindful Inquiry is the 5-year (part-time) post-doctoral study (2005-2010) looking at the issue of innovation in craft. It is a qualitative methodology involving over 100 international craft practitioners, analysing craft processes, products, services and strategies. There are four traditions of research involved – phenomenology, hermeneutics, critical social theory and buddhism.

Exhibitions, prototypes, workshops, interviews, product design, storytelling, visual mapping and critical writing were undertaken by LV as part of her design and craft research.

A paper published in The Design Journal gives insight into the research journey and some of the new knowledge gained.

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