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Crafting Self

Funded by an Australian Research Council’s Discovery Project grant (DP150100485), ‘Promoting the making self in the creative micro-economy’ is a four-year study of Australian designer-makers and craftspeople investigating how online distribution is changing the environment for operating a creative micro-enterprise, and with it, the larger relationship between the public and private spheres. Led by Professor Susan Luckman (School of Creative Industries) and Dr Jane Andrew (MatchStudio) and funded by the Australian Research Council in this project, we recognise that not all handmade micro-entrepreneurs are at the same stage of their career or have the same origin story. Therefore, this qualitative, mixed methods national research project consists of three parallel data collection activities: semi-structured interviews with established makers; a three-year annual interview monitoring of arts, design and craft graduates as they seek to establish their making careers; and a historical overview of the support mechanisms available to Australian handmade producers. The project employs this phenomenological approach to offer a rich and yet also broad ‘insider’ perspective on creative micro-enterprise.

2018 represents the fourth and final year of the project. Across this time, the project has interviewed 20 peak and/or industry organisations, 81 Established Makers, and over 78 interviews with Emerging Makers (Year 1/’1-Up’ = 32; Year 2/’2-Up’ = 27; Year 3/’3-Up’ = 19). Multiple book chapters and journal articles have already arisen from this research and a book contract is being finalized. The project has received media coverage including in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald  The would-be artisans who ditch day jobs to chase a dream; and on the ABC 'The handmade revolution' and 'Digital technologies cut tyranny of distance out of makers' scene across remote north'. The Final Report summarising the key project findings is now out and can be downloaded by clicking on the cover image below, or from tghe Crafting Self project website.

Crafting Self Report

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