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84: Crafts


This issue of Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life invites submission from 1k-3k words and original art work that provides insight into the political, social, and cultural aspects of crafts, folk art, and other forms of art.

Sewing, knitting, crocheting, crafting. These words might make you think of grandmothers sewing heirloom quilts, pregnant women knitting booties for their soon-to-be-born progeny, Iola Boylan creating her ridiculous handicrafts.

While homespun crafts are no doubt the domain of such individuals, handicrafts can be used to make political and social statements. At its heart, no matter the medium, crafting promotes a DIY aesthetic, and often is "green." Folk art represents and preserves its culture of origin. Artists who practice yarn bombing, a type of graffiti that uses yarn rather than paint, work toward making public spaces more personal and homey. In crafting, binaries—public/private, old fashioned/modern—do not always apply. They can be tossed aside, in favor of revised definitions of production and the relationship between artist, audience, and art.

We are also interested in the ways in which art more generally—beyond the realm of crafts and folk art—is produced and consumed.

We welcome insightful commentary on topics related to craft, folk art, and other art forms. Submissions are due by December 14, 2012. Please submit essays in .rtf or .doc format. Authors do not have to submit graphics to accompany their pieces. However, if you choose to send a graphic, it must be submitted as a JPEG at 72 or 96 dpi. We favor intelligent writing for a general audience, and discourage footnoted academic papers. Please see Guidelines for Submission for additional details.

Send your pieces to Tamara Watkins.

Image © Tamara Watkins 2012