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Finding Folk: Contemporary Craft Regionalism

Tompkins, Katrina (2019) Finding Folk: Contemporary Craft Regionalism. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Tompkins, Katrina
Abstract:

This thesis considers place and belonging and explores craft as a method of discovering community. I recently moved my furniture practice from Toronto to Prince Edward County, an agricultural region in rural Ontario. This relocation inspired my research; Prince Edward County was the setting of this work and the community in which I attempted to form connections through my practice. The principles of architectural theory Critical Regionalism were applied as a framework for the design of new regional furniture.
The concept of becoming through making is explored throughout this research and refers to both a maker’s acquisition of embodied and material knowledge, and to becoming part of a community. The paper documents the process of developing a body of work informed by Critical Regionalism, taking the form of wooden seats, and an engagement with community members through various craft-based projects, ranging from bending a metal basket to knitting furniture.

Date: 14 May 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Craft, Design, Furniture, Critical Regionalism, Place, Community
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Date Deposited: 14 May 2019 17:50
Last Modified: 14 May 2019 17:50
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2624

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