The Possibilities in Craft Creation through Convergence

융합에 의한 공예 창작의 가능성

  • Park, Jungwon (Division of Formative Design, Kongju National University) ;
  • Xie, Wenqian (Division of Formative Design, Kongju National University) ;
  • Ro, Hae-Sin (Division of Formative Design, Kongju National University) ;
  • Kim, Won-Seok (Division of Formative Design, Kongju National University)
  • 박중원 (공주대학교 조형디자인학부) ;
  • 해문천 (공주대학교 조형디자인학부) ;
  • 노혜신 (공주대학교 조형디자인학부) ;
  • 김원석 (공주대학교 조형디자인학부)
  • Received : 2017.11.13
  • Accepted : 2018.01.20
  • Published : 2018.01.28


The late 20th century saw the industrial period end only to transform into the digital era where people have begun to pay attention to craft because it a field that respects emotion as the essential value, an alternative to overcome the side effect that people have created. Today a new world - where the virtual and the real co-exist through artificial intelligence (AI) - has suddenly approached us and the future of craft is faced with a new situation as it needs to present a new creative solution as a tool that is necessary for human way of life - a tool that has been a necessity throughout history and the evolution of life. As a result for a continued development, craft attempts to establish a new paradigm through current trends represented by our modern society, which is the emergence of creative development through convergence. This study presents creative experiments attempted through the convergence of craft with other heterogeneous tendencies connected to the field. The objective of the study is to enable makers to acquire a more creative way of thinking at the same time as inspiring them and suggesting new creative possibilities in order to develop their work through creative convergence. In Chapter 2, the study investigates on the current status of craft in general, and compares it with what is taking place in Korea; in Chapter 3 the significance of convergence in craft and the process of creating is addressed through case studies. Lastly in Chapter 4, with the basis on analytical case studies, the attribute and the potential of convergence in the field of craft is observed. By analyzing different phenomena presented through attempts to converge in contemporary craft, it has been possible to view the future of the 21st century craft through assessments on what is active and what is as yet hidden potential.


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