Craeft - Alex Langlands
Craeft by Alex Langlands
On How Traditional Crafts Are About More Than Just Making
introduced by Aidan Hart
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Historian and archaeologist Alex Langlands is best known for his work alongside Ruth Goodman and Peter Ginn on Victorian Farm, Edwardian Farm and Wartime Farm. He will be talking about his new book, Craeft.
In a period of meaningless mass manufacturing, our growing appetite for hand-made objects, artisan food, and craft beverages reveals our deep cravings for tradition and quality. But there was a time when craft meant something very different; the Old English word cræft possessed an almost indefinable sense of knowledge, wisdom, and power. In this fascinating book, historian and popular broadcaster Alex Langlands goes in search of the mysterious lost meaning of cræft. Through a vibrant series of mini-histories, told with his trademark energy and charm, Langlands resurrects the ancient craftspeople who fused exquisite skill with back-breaking labour-and passionately defends the renewed importance of cræft today.
Aidan Hart was born in England in 1957 and grew up in New Zealand. There he worked as a full-time sculptor after completing a degree in English literature and a Diploma in Secondary Education teaching. At the age of twentyfive, after becoming a member of the Orthodox Church and returning to live in England, he began painting and carving icons, which he has been doing professionally ever since. Aidan has recently completed a major work, "Techniques of Icon and Wall Painting", published by Gracewing.