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- DescriptionConstructed space is defined by its shape, by the materials with which it is enclosed and by the objects that are placed within or decorate its exterior or interior. The interaction of these crafted objects or decorated surfaces with space provides viewers or inhabitants with visual clues about the environment as well as visual cues about decorum: viewers can kw what kind of behaviour is expected and what the space means. Furnishings and dress, textile panels and clay pots, stained glass and gesso panels, all defined as craft or decorative art, give architectural space, defined as high art, its character: without craft, architecture is empty and devoid of meaning. This engaging collection of essays presents the first sustained exploration of the relationship of craft to architectural spaces. The book unravels the complex ways in which craft controls, manipulates, organises and defines space, to highlight how the relationship between craft and space can be understood as a form of communication between related parts that combine to form a unified whole.
- Author BiographySandra Alfoldy is Associate Professor of Craft History at NSCAD University, Halifax, Canada. Janice Helland is Professor of Art History and Women's Studies at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada.
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication26/03/2008
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAshgate Publishing Limited
- Content NoteIncludes 48 b&w illustrations
- Weight678 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Edited byJanice Helland,Sandra Alfoldy
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