G28 – Know-How: The relationship between cutting and joining

“…what people do with materials, as we have seen, is to follow them, weaving their own lines of becoming into the texture of material flows comprising the lifeworld. Out of this, there emerge the kinds of things we call buildings, plants, pies and paintings.”

Tim Ingold “The Textility of Making”, 2011

The second journey for Garland aims to bring thinkers and makers from different cultures together in building bridges to connect the two halves of our wider world. The September 2022 issue looks at the grammar of the making process, in particular the duality of cutting and joining. We look into basic craft processes like weaving, carving and soldering. What do these material actions tell us about how we make sense of the world?

Visual art can play a powerful role in illustrating an idea. It makes the idea vivid in a way that strikes the eye. We mostly enter a gallery with an interest in finding out the message that the artist seeks to convey.

In the material arts, including the crafts, meaning more often emerges from the physical processes employed and substances used in the act of making. Knowledge retains this physical base, as when we “grasp” concepts and get the “feel” of an idea.

With the growth of tertiary studies, material arts have been contextualised in academic ways of speaking where information is abstracted. We examine how art “explores the concept of…” something.

But as we have become increasingly aware of the way our economics have lost touch with the physical limits of the planet, it’s time to consider a more grounded understanding of creative work. How do we “make” meaning?

Stories in our Know-How issue can include:

  • Objects where what is joined or cut is particularly meaningful
  • Ways of realising the process of “weaving” knowledge
  • Attempts to revive particular skills as important ways of understanding the world
  • Objects which give voice to the material world
  • Transfer of skill to different materials
  • Indigenous knowledge-making

You can find guidelines for submitting a story here. The deadline for stories is 1 August 2022. Please let us know in advance of your idea here. If you’d like to be a pathfinder and share the development of this issue, please send an email