By Hand

The Use of Craft in Contemporary Art

Shu Hung, Joseph Magliaro

     7.5 × 9.5 in (19.1 × 24.1 cm)
176 pages
240 color illustrations
Publication date: 11/1/2006
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568986104

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.

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