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Craftspeople and Designer Makers in the Contemporary Creative Economy

Authors: Luckman, Susan, Andrew, Jane

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  • Considers the unique challenges faced by those seeking to make an income from their craft
  • Provides rich, qualitative data from 180 interviews with craftspeople and prominent organisations
  • Explores the contemporary creative economy in an Australian context
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This open access book explores the experience of working as a craftsperson or designer maker in the contemporary creative economy. The authors utilise evidence from the only major empirical study to explore the skills required and the challenges facing contemporary makers in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Drawing upon 180 interviews with peak organisations, established and emerging makers, and four years of fieldwork across Australia, this book offers a unique insight into the motivations informing those who seek to make an income from their craft or designer maker practice, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing them as they do so at this time of renewed interest internationally in the artisanal and handmade. Offering a rich and deep collection of real-life experiences, this book is aimed both at an academic and practitioner audience.

About the authors

Susan Luckman is Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries at the University of South Australia. She is author of Craft and the Creative Economy (2015) and co-editor of The New Normal of Working Lives (2018) and Pathways into Creative Working Lives (2020).

Jane Andrew is Senior Lecturer and Director of Match Studio at the University of South Australia. Her research focuses on regional innovation systems and interdisciplinary collaboration supported by design methodologies and tools.


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-25

    Luckman, Susan (et al.)

  • Meaningful Making in the Contemporary Creative Economy

    Pages 27-63

    Luckman, Susan (et al.)

  • Educating for Enterprise

    Pages 65-100

    Luckman, Susan (et al.)

  • Establishing a Crafty Making Future: What Does a Career in Craft Look Like Today?

    Pages 101-123

    Luckman, Susan (et al.)

  • What Does ‘Handmade’ Mean Today?

    Pages 125-148

    Luckman, Susan (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Craftspeople and Designer Makers in the Contemporary Creative Economy
Authors
Series Title
Creative Working Lives
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-44979-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-44979-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-44978-0
Series ISSN
2662-415X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 259
Number of Illustrations
31 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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