Palgrave Animation

The Crafty Animator

Handmade, Craft-based Animation and Cultural Value

Editors: Ruddell, Caroline, Ward, Paul (Eds.)

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  • Constitutes the first book-length study to interrogate the value of craft within the context of animation production
  • Challenges the historical argument around how “craft” is perceived as inferior to “art”
  • Includes a chapter-length interview with animator Eric Dyer, who discusses the challenges and excitements of making animation
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About this book

This collection is a study of the value of craft as it can be understood within the study and practice of animation. The book reconsiders the position of craft, which is often understood as inferior to ‘art’, with a particular focus on questions of labour in animation production and gendered practices. The notion of craft has been widely investigated in a number of areas including art, design and textiles, but despite the fact that a wide range of animators use craft-based techniques, the value of craft has not been interrogated in this context until now. Seeking to address such a gap in the literature, this collection considers the concept of craft through a range of varying case studies. Chapters include studies on experimental animation, computer animation, trauma and memory, children’s animation and silhouette animation among others. The Crafty Animator also goes some way to exploring the relationship craft has with the digital in the context of animation production. Through these varied discussions, this book problematizes simplistic notions about the value of certain methods and techniques, working to create a dialogue between craft and animation. 

About the authors

Caroline Ruddell is Senior Lecturer and programme lead in Film and TV Studies and Film Production at Brunel University, London, UK. She has published widely on animation and the representation of identity onscreen. Caroline is currently researching craft-based animation. She is Associate Editor for the Sage publication animation: an interdisciplinary journal and series co-editor for Palgrave Animation.

Paul Ward is Professor of Animation Studies at the Arts University Bournemouth, UK. He is the author of Documentary: The Margins of Reality (2005) and a range of journal articles, published in animation: an interdisciplinary journal, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television and Animation Journal. He is the series co-editor for Palgrave Animation


Reviews

“In the essays gathered here by Ruddell and Ward, the notion of craft takes on a newfound potency that encourages readers to consider—and perhaps more importantly reconsider—ideas of artistry, authenticity, and the ambiguity of craft in the realm of digital animation production. Highlighting the labour-intensive processes of animation in all forms, The Crafty Animator also discusses how ‘craft’ functions to empower, marginalise, and commercialise in different contexts. A timely book that will no doubt prove to be a valuable resource for many years to come.” (Chris Pallant, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK) 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-13943-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-13942-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Crafty Animator
Book Subtitle
Handmade, Craft-based Animation and Cultural Value
Editors
  • Caroline Ruddell
  • Paul Ward
Series Title
Palgrave Animation
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-13943-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-13943-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-13942-1
Series ISSN
2523-8086
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 231
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 32 illustrations in colour
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