“Seville. Crafts and Design” – Tradition and avant-garde in the Artisan sector

The recently published book “Seville. Crafts and Design – Tradition and avant-garde in the Artisan sector,” authored by Macarena Navarro-Reverter y Nieves de la Calle Porta, is a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of tradition and modernity in the world of craft.

The book takes a deep dive into the world of Seville’s artisan sector, exploring the rich history and cultural significance of traditional crafts like ceramics, textiles, and metalwork. But it also goes beyond this, examining how contemporary designers and artisans are reinventing these ancient techniques and materials to create truly innovative and exciting new works.

Dorantes Harness is uniquely positioned to write on this topic, as he is both a scholar and practitioner of traditional Sevillian crafts. He draws on his own experiences and observations, as well as interviews with other artisans and designers, to paint a vivid and engaging picture of this thriving sector.

One of the book’s most compelling aspects is its focus on the creative process behind these crafts. It delves into the ways in which artisans draw inspiration from their surroundings and cultural heritage, and how they experiment with materials and techniques to push the boundaries of their craft.

The book is also beautifully illustrated, with stunning photographs showcasing the intricate and exquisite details of Sevillian crafts. From the vibrant patterns of traditional tiles to the delicate filigree work of metal artisans, these images truly bring the crafts to life.

Overall, “Seville. Crafts and Design” is a valuable contribution to the field of craft studies, offering a nuanced and insightful look at the intersection of tradition and innovation in this rich and vibrant artisanal community. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the history and culture of Seville, as well as for those interested in the broader issues of craft and design in a rapidly changing world.