Building a community platform for artisans and designers: artisans in Istanbul

Hasoğlu, Rezzan (2015) Building a community platform for artisans and designers: artisans in Istanbul. [Thesis]

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“Technology” derives from the word “technē” in Greek, which means “craftsmanship.” The suffix “-logy” derives from “logos” which means “to reason.” The meaning of “Technology” resides in its roots: a way of knowing by making and crafting. This thesis aims to find a sustainable solution for the artisans of Istanbul whose story appears to constitute a noteworthy example to a much wider spread, seemingly global, problem: The location of artisans in the city, a failing system of apprenticeship, and the lack of a critical role of artisans within industrial production systems has led the author thesis to a search for solutions regarding the future welfare of their livelihoods. Artisans are professionals who stand outside mass production systems, hand-manufacture individual products, mostly through traditional techniques that are handed down from master to apprentice whereas designers are professionals who are the first links of a chain of mass production. Unlike artisans, designers mostly do not directly manufacture creations themselves but instead develop prototypes / templates that are to be turned into products by others who are the further links of the above the mentioned chain. Yet, artisans demonstrate the ability to adapt to new technologies and procedures. This leads the author thesis to query whether designers, who have formal knowledge (logos), can be an instrument of social change for artisans who have tacit knowledge (technē). Through collaboration between these two seemingly disparate professions, a joint strategy whereby artisans can readapt their traditional handcraft oriented skills towards autonomous unique design processes and develop small-scale productions.
Item Type: Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design. -- Artisan. -- Craft. -- Integrating design to crafts. -- Technology. -- Handcraft. -- Traditional design. -- Turkish handcrafts. -- Good design. -- Industrial design. -- Tasarım. -- Zanaatkar. -- Zannat. -- Zanaatın tasarıma entegrasyonu. -- Teknoloji. -- El sanatları. -- Geleneksel tasarım. -- Türk el sanatları. -- Eşya tasarımı. -- Endüstriyel tasaarım.
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament > NK1160-1590 Decoration and ornament. Design
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Visual Arts & Communication Design
Depositing User: IC-Cataloging
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2017 15:33
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 10:12

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