G25: Craft currencies
Value is in our own hands.
This issue reveals old and new ways of making value for our world. As finance becomes ever more abstract, controlled by algorithms beyond our understanding, we are prompted to return to the primary role of money as a means of connecting people together.
This issue features stories of objects that we use to transact our everyday life: exchanging, sustaining and growing value. These include objects we can directly use in the place of money for social trades. Writers tell of objects we care for, as in the simple act of polishing. And they reflect on everyday objects we chose to elevate by placing them in the art gallery. Together, these stories remind us that value is something we can create with our own hands.
- The currency basket: Investing in a shared world by Bridget Kennedy
- Castlemaine Currency: Towards a grounded economy by Dale Cox and Jodie Newcombe
- Vide Poche: A timeless dish for everyday use by Henry Wilson
- Let’s go back to the campfire: The lesson of mingei by Liliana Morais
- Utsuwa: The extraordinary is every day in Japan by Kylie Johnson
- Juukan Tears Offcuts by Melissa Cameron
The world enters the gallery
- Ghost objects: Crafting the poetry of the everyday by Honor Freeman
- iQweqwe: Towards the ancestors by Madoda Fani
- Ivana Taylor ✿ Wrapped with care by Guy Keulemans
- Piña: Weaving Filipino fibre into the world by Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan
- Kyungsook Park ✿ The craft of conviviality by Misun RHEEM
- The Messenger Through The Twilight: A clay apocalypse by Raksit Panya
- Biomatter by Catalina Mena
- Kishōtenketsu: Kawase Shinobu’s celadon journey by Bonnie Lee
- Bilums and bilas: From bags to jewels in PNG by Jessica Cassell
- Ulaṭbānsi / Zigzagging: Filming the spirit of weaving by Handloom Futures Trust
- Silk from San Pedro Cajonos: Artisans weaving new connections through the web by Raquel Bessudo
- A cloudy day collecting clay among the gullies and the gums by Cassy McArthur
- The mirror in Japanese craft, spirituality and science by Sachiko Tamashige
- Polishing: An overlooked craft by Jahan Rezakhanlou
- To steal a golden earring: In search of the chola in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh by LOkesh Ghai
Objects in the world
- How deities are born: Bronze casting in Nepal by Gary Wornell
- The macanas of Gualaceo: Ecuadorian ikat by Berenice Cárdenas
- Lale: Turkish museum of hats by Songül ARAL
- Kangri: The Kashmiri personal heater by Irfan Ahmad and Saima Andleeb
- Eyes for Chile 👁️👁️ Ojos Para Chile by Liliana Ojeda
Thanks to our pathfinders for this issue: Alison Caddick, Bridget Kennedy, honor freeman, Japneet Keith, Kaamya Sharma, Liliana Morais, Melissa Cameron, Pennie Jagiello, Szilvia Gyorgy and Vicki Mason.
This issue is dedicated to the memory of Luis Manzano Cabello (1906-1984), called affectionately “Manzanito” by Pablo Neruda, who mastered mimbre (wicker craft) in the fields in the central zone of Chile. He refined his facility of fibre to the point of being able to “make it talk” into sculptural forms that were recognised as significant cultural works. His giant figures hung from the ceiling of the Third World Conference on Trade and Development were remade for the Gabriela Mistral Metropolitan Cultural Center. The 1958 film by Sergio Bravo presents his work accompanied by the guitar of Violeta Parra.