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Industrial Craft in Australia

Oral Histories of Creativity and Survival

Authors: Stein, Jesse Adams

  • Considers the significance of industrial craft in deindustrialising Australia
  • Explores the world of engineering pattern-making through oral histories
  • Argues that while digital production technologies may transform industrial craft, they will not obliterate it
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About this book

This book is the first of its kind to investigate the ongoing significance of industrial craft in deindustrialising places such as Australia. Providing an alternative to the nostalgic trope of the redundant factory ‘craftsman’, this book introduces the intriguing and little-known trade of engineering patternmaking, where objects are brought to life through the handmade ‘originals’ required for mass production.
Drawing on oral histories collected by the author, this book highlights the experiences of industrial craftspeople in Australian manufacturing, as they navigate precarious employment, retraining, gendered career pathways, creative expression and technological change. The book argues that digital fabrication technologies may modify or transform industrial craft, but should not obliterate it. Industrial craft is about more than the rudimentary production of everyday objects: it is about human creativity, material knowledge and meaningful work, and it will be key to human survival in the troubled times ahead.

About the authors

Jesse Adams Stein is an interdisciplinary design researcher and oral historian. She is a Senior Lecturer and ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) Fellow at the School of Design, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

Reviews

“Yes, there are still toolmakers. So writes Stein in her important new book – the first to provide a finely detailed account of the experiences and methods of industrial artisans. Drawing on extensive interviews, and benefitting from Stein’s deep technical understanding and writerly skill, this is a major addition to craft studies, and will serve as a model for scholars in other geographies to follow.”

—Glenn Adamson, author of The Invention of Craft (2013) and Craft: An American History (2021)

 

“This fascinating book opens our eyes to a world of highly skilled industrial work, grounded in traditional knowledge and creativity, that extends into the ‘postindustrial’ world of digital fabrication, 3D printing, maker-culture, and artistic practice. Deindustrialization is not just about loss. This book represents a remarkable original contribution to the global study of deindustrialization and oral history more generally.” 

—Steven High, Concordia University, Canada

 

“The global pandemic has reminded us, just in time, that no country can afford to ‘offshore’ manufacturing and lose the ability to make things. Stein’s extraordinary book takes readers inside the ‘black box’ of contemporary manufacturing. Through sensitive analysis of vivid oral histories, it shows us how highly-skilled crafts men and women, combining old skills and new technologies, are behind the manufactured objects that we all use every moment of our lives.”

—Alistair Thomson, Monash University, Australia

“Stein’s Industrial Craft in Australia is an incredibly important and timely book. In listening to the voices of a vital group of skilled workers she highlights how necessary their skills are for any country that wants to make things and how fragile the manufacturing base is. This is a book that should be required reading for any politician serious about the future of manufacturing industry and a national skills base.”—Tim Strangleman, University of Kent, UK

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Industrial Craft in Australia
Book Subtitle
Oral Histories of Creativity and Survival
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Oral History
Copyright
2022
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-87243-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-87242-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Illustrations
21 b/w illustrations
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