Editor's introduction by André Gali
On Usership and Autonomy
Stephen Wright has introduced the concept of usership to discuss a new mode of working with art, not just in the artworld, but in society. It seems to me that this concept may provide an interesting starting point for new strategies of use and function within the crafts world as well.
Back to the Future: A Glance at Applied Art
The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (Norske Kunsthåndverkere, henceforth referred to as NK) celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015. Since the organization’s founding, so-called functional art has come in from the cold, even if the reasons for its acceptance by the wider artworld are different than those of consumers. Ceramics sell – both new productions and vintage objects – and contemporary artists, in their works, make references to a traditional understanding of what applied art is.
HAiK – Camouflaged Art or Bold Fashion?
HAiK is a design collective created by the fashion designers Ida Falck Øien, Harald Lunde Helgesen and Siv Støldal. Their clothing collections relate to the world of fashion, but they have also gained a foothold in the artworld on account of their conceptual approach, anthropological methods, interdisciplinary collaboration, and focus on crafting traditions. Geir Haraldseth has talked with Ida Falck Øien about HAiK’s development and what lies ahead.