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Forum topic by CharlesA posted 03-28-2016 02:12 PM 343 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlesA

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03-28-2016 02:12 PM

I listen to the “Looking Sideways” podcast on design. The current episode (#6) interviews Kasyz Varnelis on the Arts and Crafts movement, its failure, in his view, and how it compares to the modern maker movement. I found it very interesting. A few notes:

  • Very interesting to see the socialist origins of the Arts and Crafts movement and its parallels, in some ways, to the maker movement.
  • If you reflexively sing the Star Spangled Banner whenever you hear Marxist theory, then don’t listen. Varnelis frequently uses Marxist analysis.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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#1 posted 03-28-2016 03:14 PM

Interesting subject Charles,I’ll check out the site. I just recently saw some info on William Morris talking how he was a socialist.

http://lookingsideways.net/

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#3 posted 03-28-2016 03:42 PM

I was just studying the same topic last week, very interesting stuff. Thanks Charles for the link.

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#4 posted 03-30-2016 06:09 PM

Thanks for the post Charles. I listened to the podcast, and though a little scattered at times, I thought it was very interesting.
In my opinion, I don’t think the Maker Movement is a socialist movement at all. To me, it’s more about DIY; due to necessity, because you don’t have enough $ to buy the things you want, OR as a way to express yourself “artistically” in new non-typical ways that don’t fall into fine arts. Though as mentioned in the podcast, the Maker Movement is a broad term with fuzzy boundaries.

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#5 posted 03-30-2016 06:22 PM

Agreed. I thought the point that some in the maker movement are using it as a springboard into more conventional capitalistic ventures clearly separated it from at least the early Arts and Crafts movement. But, of course, the Arts and Crafts movement couldn’t live up to its aspirations . . .

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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