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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / CRAFT THEORY BOOK: Richard Sennett, THE CRAFTSMAN (Yale University Press, 2008) on: April 08, 2008 12:48:14 PM
Hi you all --
Not a typical message for this board, but I read a book review in the NY Times for this recently published book by philosopher Richard Sennett, titled The Craftsman. I found it intriguing, and I have spied on other craft-blogs discussions about "Craft Theory" which interrogate the rise of the new craft aesthetic, ethos and ethic. This book (based on reading the review only) makes an argument that the handwork of craft - the physical engagement with the material world is a problem-solving idiom that invigorates and engages the mind... it is both intellectual as well as physical labor. Sennet is what I would call a "neo-enlightenment" philosopher, and his argument ranges beyond the obvious (that you have to think to make), and argues pretty convincingly that craft work is an essential ingredient to the creation of a whole citizenry.... and the articulation of a functional democracy is in part dependent upon the honoring the "middle ground" of makers and doers. I have my own very strong opinions about the economy of craftwork, which I need to get down on paper sometime. I am -- sorry to say -- a bit more pessimistic than I gather Richard Sennett is.

Anyway... googled the book after reading the review, lots of hits which, I am sure, will change daily for a time. the book costs $27.50, and is just over 300 pages.

Looks VERY interesting. I'm thinking of buying when I am finished with my newest book (an old V.S Naipul non-fiction book.... AN AREA OF DARKNESS... love his prose, hate his politics.)  So is anyone interested in doing a read along, and participating in discussion on "Craft Theory"?

Oh, rest assured, I do make things too.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rice paste on: March 25, 2008 11:14:28 AM
rice paste is a water soluble reversible glue used in bookbinding and for paper conservation work by museum and archival conservators. It is archival - meaning it is acid free and ph neutral, and it is very strong, but it is and will remain water soluble. If you want to read more about the properties of glue and paper, please go to Conservation ONline "CoOL" at: http://palimpsest.Stanford.edu/

Also check out: http://www.lowerhudsonconference.org/empart/Appendix/Adhesives/adhesives.html
This is a very good summary of paper repair and the adhesives that can be used in certain situations.
They say this about starch paste: "Starch Paste is made from the precipitated starches of wheat, rice and corn. It comes as a white powder that must be cooked to prepare it for use. It can spoil quickly, especially in warm weather, but can be kept for short periods in a covered container in the refrigerator. Once it separates and becomes watery, it loses its adhesive properties and should be thrown out."

Other sources of information: are Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)

I think it is a really good idea for paper arts crafters to become literate in the area of glue and adhesives, with an eye towards long-term chemical and physical stability of the art-object they are creating.

I did not have time to log on today - I am on as a guest, but this is Sdia
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: More sites for Free Recycled Stuff on: October 17, 2007 03:34:06 PM
Just wanted to let San Francisco Bay Area Craftsters about this MOST EXCELLENT resource for reuse, which has moved from Berkeley (San Pablo and AShby) to Oakland (Telegraph Ave.) this year


not quite fee. but very nominal price. A gpood place to go and check out on a visit to the east bay.
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: FOUND: box of someone's photos on: October 17, 2007 03:01:39 PM

I am a craftster new member, and love making things with found objects. I am also a archivist with the National Park Service at the San Francisco Maritime National Histroical Park.

One of my colleagues works for the San Francisco Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Historical Society and Archives as an achivist and historical consultant. I mentioned you post... now nearly two years old.. to her, and she asked me to send you a request that you contact her at the GLBT Archives.

I have also PMed you with this same message, but with my colleague's email address.

You have what could be a significant addition to the history of sexuality and family life in Northern California. Please do contact her.

5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Pantyhose/Tights/Nylons on: October 17, 2007 02:34:23 PM
OH OH OH - I know I know what to do with old tights!

Get a big bunch of them and start putting them on your head like a hat, one pair at a time, right over one another, with the legs hanging out the sides. When you are done you have lots of crazy flappy legs hanging down around yoru head like snakes.....

My older sister tells me that I did this a LOT when I was about seven years old, and then I'd run around the house yelling things like "I am Medusa... turn to stone!" and everyone would freeze in their tracks. When I was a kid my mother NEVER EVER EVER got rid of anything at all so we had bags and bags of old skanky torn nylons around the garage (probably still do today too, ugh!)

very fun.

BTW - I recently joined and have been lurking and reading for a while, but I juts KNEW  that I had to answer this one.

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