Florence urgently needs to preserve our craft knowledge!
Unlike academic or ‘book’ knowledge, the knowledge used by craftspeople is ‘situated’ – it only exists in the ways they perform their tasks, and the memory of how their skills were acquired. As this knowledge is situated in the body and mind of an individual and rarely written down, it is very fragile. When the craftsperson dies, the knowledge is lost, and all that remains is the ‘trace’ – a beautiful object. In the case of some crafts, such as cooking or gardening, even the trace may not survive. (more…)