Intro to Crafts Council

I thought it would be good to link up some discussion posts I write on the First Decade Project I am part of with Crafts Council will be good to keep you updated with the work I am doing outside of the University course.

week#3 Why out Collections Online?

Online collections, with objects and archive material, can provide new directions, an education for audiences outside or within the artistic fields. This encourages an audience from young children, students to our elders to look into further depths of works. It is so important to allow all to take part in the highly prestigious collections. I agree with Daisy, technology is the main use of communication today, therefore it is so important to be able to engage with the general public. Online engagement with objects and archive material can provide further understanding of the era of art work, crafts and making. Objects and the history of objects creates a vision of facilities open to artists in that year.

I started by looking at the Tate’s collection and enjoyed the link to Pinterest, with the collection celebrating patterns parallel to Sonia Delaunays current exhibition, a good way to interact with your audience by emphasising other influences of pattern in contemporary terms.

The Tate Art picks by Lucy Noake, has different works relating to a theme, this would be interesting to have an object per week of importance within the crafts council collection, to have guest workers/artists/collectors etc to choose works from the collection that relate to a different diverse themes, a way to keep audiences engaged each week.

Incredibly exciting and stimulating website. Lots of interesting links.

Watching the Tate’s archives and access project: ‘Animating the Archives’ helps support the importance of keeping archives.

“Where memories are stored and history is made.”… “An archive is something that gives context to the main object to gain history and background.”… “Material gathered relate to a person place or event, movement. Thoughts character and people, archives keep the past alive, allowing depth of reading.”… “To digitise is to globally allow audiences to engage with materials they may not have ever been able to come into contact with if it weren’t for an online archive.”

Thank you Ananda for the links, I particularly enjoyed the interactive Cooper Hewitt collection, with zooming in and out images, showing the real size and the size to fit to our screens. Useful and simple ways of receiving information about the collection.

The Ken Stradling online collection has automatic character and visual aesthetics, you are invited into the life of the collection through pictures of objects, and Ken himself.

The collection is visitor friendly, contemporary, with filters of the collection to find particular pieces of work.

We also have a blog, updated regularly with very rich information about different events and objects in the collection. We include video footage of artists that are part of the collection and interactive works we have

As I was looking through ‘Museums Journal’ I found an article called Social media transforming how audiences engage with archives and collections – The article is emphasising the vital part of building a successful business is to increase the link to social media.

“Social media has aided wider engagement and participation be becoming an instrument through which to appeal to new and younger audiences. However, on a platform that allows open discussion, there is a fear within the sector that leads to a lack of control and diminished curatorial authority.”

Linking back to the social media on pinterest on Tates website, making posts on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc will help the ever growing audience to engage in collections in a modern way. Although the problem of social media is keeping it in control as audience engagement is ever changing.
I would like to attach four pictures of the article for you to read but I’m not sure how to attach all four, I can only manage to attach one item per post.


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