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By Hand
The Use of Craft in Contemporary Art
Shu Hung , Joseph Magliaro

ISBN 9781568986104
Publication date 11/1/2006
7.5 x 9.5 inches (19.1 x 24.1 cm), Hardcover
176 pages, 240 color illustrations
Rights: World; Carton qty: 16; (-7.7)

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In a response to the sleek forms and perfect angles of most late twentieth century design objects, many of today's artists and designers are returning to handmade work such as hand lettering, hand drawing, and hand sewing. By Hand features an international collection of the most noteworthy artists and shows their work in detailed photography and insightful texts.

From books to pillows to T-shirts to toys, the pieces in this volume define an alternative view of contemporary design. Personal craft is emphasized over perfection and the personality of the artist is put forth as a key element of the finished product. From Kiki Smith's lovingly etched birds to Barb Hunt's knitted land mines to dynamo-ville's oneof- a-kind puppets to Evil Twin's hand-stitched publications, today's art revels in the care and consideration of craft.


Shu Hung and Joe Magliaro are New York-based artists and designers, illustrators, product designers, and photographers. They produce work for their studio Es Gibt, whose output includes clothing design, furniture design, and limited-edition handmade toys, and housewares. They founded Es Gibt in Spring 2004, after a trip to Berlin. During the trip they were inspired by the "Do it yourself" spirit of many of the artists and shop owners there who were making and selling their own work from small store fronts. They sell a quality line of T-shirts, and some accessories like laptop bags and pillows.





Editorial Reviews


Fiber Arts:
"Hung and Magliaro have organized an engaging assortment of works that possess direct appeal and personal vision. Low-tech methods--some combined with digital processes--provide entry points into thoughtful, fresh, and even silly textiles."

Artichoke:
"At times whimsical, at times beautiful, the works are not limited by material or method... From the elegantly hand-stitched books of BB&PPINC to Margarita Cabrera's slumping soft sculptures of domestic items, the craft on show here is as inventive as it is distinctive."

ReadyMade:
"This coffee-table tome featuring the work of 32 artists who fashion their pieces by hand should finally put an end to hackneyed craft cliches. . . . Short first-person introductions from each artist underscore the importance of craft as a kind of acetone that can remove the white-box aura of sanctity from artwork. . . . By Hand introduces us to young makers who are thinking way outside the craft circle."

Readings Monthly:
"From books to shirts to toys, the pieces in this volume define an alternative view of contemporary art/design. . . . From Kiki Smith's lovingly etched birds to Barb Hunt's knitted land mines to dynamo-ville's one-of-a-kind puppets to Evil Twin's hand-stitched publications, today's art revels in the care and consideration of craft-based practice."



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