Arts and Crafts: Design in a Nutshell (2/6)

Arts and Crafts: Design in a Nutshell (2/6)


Arts and crafts isn’t just about glitter,
glue and garish bottle hats. Arts and Crafts the movement was actually one of the most influential periods in design history. About 150 years ago people had become totally fed up with machines not that kind of machine. This kind. The steam age had brought mechanisation to industry, agriculture and transportation which changed everything. People had gone nuts for technology. Manufacturers could now make loads of stuff for loads of people without really thinking too much about the final product. Before the Industrial Revolution a craftsman would spend a lifetime perfecting his skill and it
showed. But when mass production came along the art of making things, crafting them, kind of faded away. The Arts and Crafts movement was a rebellion: a reaction to the negative impact of industry, and this beardy led the charge. William Morris was a poet and artist. He believed industrial production was making us less creative and removing skill from the manufacturing process. Morris said: “We do not reject the machine, we welcome it. But we would desire to see it mastered.” His influential company Morris, Marshall Faulkner and Co provided everything the 19th century homeowner needed, from wallpaper to furnishings, stained glass to carpeting. Arts and crafts purists like Morris like to see, well, craftsmanship in the things they made and sold. Hammer
marks were left visible on metal work, joints exposed in furniture. The movement
promoted economic and social reform while championing ordinary workers and
underappreciated craftspeople. Arts and crafts had global appeal. You could say
arts and crafts never actually ended. Its morals, ethics and political aims are
still evident today. We love knowing where our stuff is made, and whether it was made well… or not. Even though we now rely upon technology more than at any point in human history, we also still care about how and why something is made. You can thank the Arts and Crafts movement for that. Have you mastered your
machines?

26 thoughts on “Arts and Crafts: Design in a Nutshell (2/6)

  1. Well William Moris was also fan of Karl Marx, that was his point, not to exploit people, alienate in a fabric instead of their own atelier and left them unsatisfied with their job.

  2. For some things, "hand made" is nice, but for precision instruments and machinery, you can't beat computerized, robotic manufacturing.

  3. It looks good, but without captions I can't follow a word as I'm deaf. I expect an Institution like OU to provide them.

  4. We don't care about how our iPhones or MacBooks are made. If we did care, the fact that child laborers and impoverished workers are exploited in 3rd world countries would trouble us. 

  5. Arts and Crafts Style needs to be understood as the first of several attempts to come to grips with the implications of industrialization by opposing its most deleterious effects. It's influences were Gothic Revival, Medieval Romanticism and especially in the case of William Morris, social reform for craftsmen/designers. It was followed by Victorian, Art Nouveau, Mission Revival, Craftsman, Art Deco and finally Prairie styles. Bauhaus and Modernism represented more acceptance of industrialization, mass production, and machine finishes rather than hand crafting.

  6. Hello, I am Brazilian and I would ask for the translation of this video.
    With automatic translation by legend, the text is inlegĂ­vel, and can not understand.
    I'm sure this video will help me a lot, and help my university room! Thank you!

  7. if arts and crafts movement was were pre industrial revolution doesn't red dead redemption include it, and skyrim, as both show ordinary workers and craftspeople

  8. Great video. I loved it. Just one thing, if anyone can help me. I can't understand what he says at 0:46 "perfecting his skill and … ?"

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