The research contributes to the debate among craft theorists about the
value of maintaining hand craft skills. Irish Crochet lace making was chosen as
a case study to illustrate how it was possible for the first makers, women and
girls untrained in art and design, to create a unique, aesthetically valuable
lace, and how their approach is still relevant for contemporary artists.
The information should be of interest to:
- practice-based PhD students considering a bricoleur methodology;
- craft theorists – the extended case study demonstrates the value to contemporary artists of an experiential background in craft technique;
- textile historians;
- Irish Crochet makers - who have wisely chosen a craft with vast inherent creative potential.