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Material Literacy in Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Nation of Makers
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Material Literacy in Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Nation of Makers (Paperback)

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The eighteenth century has been hailed for its revolution in consumer culture, but Material Literacy in Eighteenth-Century Britain repositions Britain as a nation of makers. It brings new attention to eighteenth-century craftswomen and men with its focus on the material knowledge possessed not only by professional artisans and amateur makers, but also by skilled consumers. This edited collection gathers together a group of interdisciplinary scholars working in the fields of art history, history, literature and museum studies to unearth the tactile and tacit knowledge that underpinned fashion, tailoring and textile production. It invites us into the workshops, drawing rooms and backrooms of a broad range of creators, and uncovers how production and manual knowledge extended beyond the factories and machines which dominate industrial histories.



This book illuminates, for the first time, the material literacies learnt, enacted and understood by British producers and consumers. The skills required for sewing, embroidering and the textile arts were possessed by a large proportion of the British population: men, women and children, professional and amateur alike. Building on previous studies of shoppers and consumption in the period, as well as narratives of manufacture, this collection documents the multiplicity of small producers behind Britain's consumer revolution, reshaping our understanding of the dynamics between making and objects, consumption and production. It demonstrates how material knowledge formed an essential part of daily life for eighteenth-century Britons. Craft technique, practice and production, the contributors show, constituted forms of tactile languages that joined makers together, whether they produced objects for profit or pleasure.

Architecture & DesignDesign & DesignersProduct designArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt formsDecorative artsArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArts: general issues & referenceArt: financial aspectsArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryProduct design Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 28/07/2022 ISBN-13: 9781350282414  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Serena Dyer is Lecturer in History of Design and Material Culture at De Montfort University, UK. She has published on albums, wallpaper, consumer culture and childhood in the eighteenth century. Her book, Material Lives: Women Makers and Consumer Culture in the Eighteenth Century, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury. Chloe Wigston Smith is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Related Literature and the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York, UK. She is the author of Women, Work, and Clothes in the Eighteenth-Century Novel (2013), as well as articles on women in literature, material culture studies and fashion culture.

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