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America Crafts: The Contemporary Pursuit of A Handmade Material Life

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Horn, Jennifer Guzzon, Gina
dc.creator Guzzon, Gina 2014-04-24 2014-10-07T14:46:32Z 2014-10-07T14:46:32Z 2014-10-07
dc.description.abstract This thesis charts the resurgence of handmade craft in the contemporary “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) movement illuminating its connections to past design movements. Similar to its American predecessors of past centuries, today’s pursuit of handmade objects is a significant and monumental movement that promotes moral reform and promises a better planet, an improved nation, and a happier individual. By examining handmade crafts and mass-produced crafty-looking objects, this thesis develops a new understanding of why this type of decorative art has gained mainstream popularity. Studying both the production and consumption of this movement uncovers why material culture is formed and how it is used in contemporary American society. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Do-it-yourself work en_US
dc.subject Decorative arts en_US
dc.subject Material culture en_US
dc.subject handmade en_US
dc.subject Crafts & decorating en_US
dc.title America Crafts: The Contemporary Pursuit of A Handmade Material Life en_US
dc.type Thesis en Master of Arts in History of Decorative Arts en_US Master's en History of Decorative Arts en George Mason University en

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