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Crafting Sustainability: Handcraft in Contemporary Art and Cultural Sustainability in the Finnish Lapland

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  • Elina Härkönen

    () (Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland, 96300 Rovaniemi, Finland)

  • Maria Huhmarniemi

    () (Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland, 96300 Rovaniemi, Finland)

  • Timo Jokela

    () (Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland, 96300 Rovaniemi, Finland)

Abstract

Crafting sustainability is discussed here with respect to the dimensions of handcraft traditions in contemporary art for promoting cultural sustainability in the Scandinavian North. Aspects of decolonization, cultural revitalisation, and intergenerational dialogue form an integral part of the negotiations around the need for cultural survival and renewal for a more sustainable future. These dimensions should also be considered in the development of the current education of art teachers. Learning traditional skills and applying them in contemporary art constitute an influential method when striving for cultural sustainability. This study examines three handcraft-based contemporary art cases through art-based action research conducted in the Finnish and the Swedish Lapland. The results show that handcraft-based contemporary art practices with place-specific intergenerational and intercultural approaches create an open space for dialogue where the values and the perceptions on cultural heritage can be negotiated.

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  • Elina Härkönen & Maria Huhmarniemi & Timo Jokela, 2018. "Crafting Sustainability: Handcraft in Contemporary Art and Cultural Sustainability in the Finnish Lapland," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 10(6), pages 1-14, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:10:y:2018:i:6:p:1907-:d:151210
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    Cited by:

    1. Wen-Tao Li & Ming-Chyuan Ho & Chun Yang, 2019. "A Design Thinking-Based Study of the Prospect of the Sustainable Development of Traditional Handicrafts," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(18), pages 1-26, September.
    2. Maria Huhmarniemi & Timo Jokela, 2020. "Arctic Arts with Pride: Discourses on Arctic Arts, Culture and Sustainability," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(2), pages 1-21, January.
    3. Wen-Tao Li & Ming-Chyuan Ho & Chun Yang, 2018. "Study on Design Strategy for Sustainable Development of Chinese Solar Term Culture," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 10(12), pages 1-20, November.
    4. Xiaoting Song & Yongzhong Yang & Ruo Yang & Mohsin Shafi, 2019. "Keeping Watch on Intangible Cultural Heritage: Live Transmission and Sustainable Development of Chinese Lacquer Art," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(14), pages 1-15, July.
    5. Izabela Luiza Pop & Anca Borza & Anuța Buiga & Diana Ighian & Rita Toader, 2019. "Achieving Cultural Sustainability in Museums: A Step Toward Sustainable Development," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(4), pages 1-22, February.

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    Keywords

    sustainable culture; cultural sustainability; art education for sustainability; informal education;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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