Listed below are some resources that have helped shape the direction of this research. This is a multidisciplinary selection from academics and experts in design, human geography, sociology, cultural studies and history. It is by no means a comprehensive list, but it may be useful for those looking for material related to the intersections of labour, Australian manufacturing, craft, maker practices, design and gender. Since writing this list, I have been made aware of many other relevant publications and texts – so the list is by no means a complete selection!
DESIGN HISTORY / DESIGN STUDIES
- Beegan, G. & Atkinson, P. (2008), ‘Professionalism, amateurism and the boundaries of design‘, Journal of Design History, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 305–313.
- Brody, D. (2016) Housekeeping by Design: Hotels and Labour, Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.
- Fry, T. & Willis, A-M. (2015), Steel: A Design, Cultural and Ecological History, London: Bloomsbury.
- Hazell, P. & Fallan, K. (2015), ‘The Enthusiast’s Eye: The Value of Unsanctioned Knowledge in Design Historical Scholarship‘, Design and Culture, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 107–123.
- Holt, R. & Popp, A. (2016) ‘Josiah Wedgwood, Manufacturing and Craft‘, Journal of Design History, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 99–119.
- Huppatz, D.J. (2014) ‘Introduction: Reframing Australian Design History‘, Journal of Design History, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 205–223.
- Irwin, T. (2015), ‘Transition Design: A Proposal for a New Area of Design Practice, Study, and Research‘, Design and Culture, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 229–246.
- Jackson, A. (2010), ‘Constructing at Home: Understanding the Experience of the Amateur Maker’, Design and Culture, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 5–26.
- Jackson, S. (2002), ‘The’ stump jumpers’: National identity and the mythology of Australian industrial design in the period 1930-1975‘, Design Issues, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 14–23.
- Richardson, M. & Haylock, B. (2012) ‘Designer/Maker: The Rise of Additive Manufacturing, Domestic-Scale Production and the Possible Implications for the Automotive Industry ‘, Computer- Aided Design & Applications, PACE, vol. 2, pp. 33–48.
- Richardson, M., Elliott, S. & Haylock, B. (2013) ‘This home is a factory: Implications of the Maker movement on urban environments‘, Craft + Design Enquiry, vol. 5.
There is very little academic material written on the craft/trade of engineering patternmaking. In our research we have resorted to reading trade manuals and industry literature written in the first half of the twentieth century. Interestingly, engineering patternmakers still find these technical manuals of use, even today.
- Cast Metals (1977) 2nd edn, Metalfounding and Patternmaking Departments, George Thompson School of Foundry Technology, RMIT, Melbourne.
- Brown, J. K. (2000) ‘Design plans, working drawings, national styles: Engineering practice in Great Britain and the United States‘, 1775-1945. Technology and Culture, 41(2), 195–238.
- Horner, J.G. (1902) Pattern Making: A practical treatise embracing the main types of engineering construction, 3rd edn, Crosby Lockwood and Son, London.
- Mosses, W. (1922) A History of the United Pattern Makers’ Association 1872-1922. London: United Pattern Makers’ Association.
- Needham, G. R., & Thomson, D. I. (1998) Men of Metal: A chronicle of the metal casting industry in South Australia 1836-1998 (2nd edn). Adelaide: South Australian Centre for Manufacturing / EEASA Foundry Council / Australian Foundry Institute.
- Roxburgh, W. (1910) General Foundry Practice, D. Van Nostrand Company, New York.
- Scarlett, S.F. 2011, ‘The craft of industrial patternmaking‘, Journal of Modern Craft, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 27–48.
- Shelly, J.A. (1920) Patternmaking. New York: The Industrial Press.
- Thompson, G.D. (1942) ‘Pattern Making and the Foundry as Related to Manufacturing Processes’, Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers, Victorian Institute of Engineers, Melbourne.
- Wlodawer, R. (1966) Directional Solidification of Steel Castings, English ed., Oxford, London and New York: Pergamon Press.
Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research (ACCER)
This project is indebted to the fantastic work being done at ACCER, the University of Wollongong by Prof Chris Gibson, Dr Andrew Warren, Chantel Carr, and Dr Thomas Birtchnell (among others). From the perspective of human and economic geography, this work examines key issues surrounding Australian manufacturing, sustainability, labour, craft, cultural economies and to some extent gender. Below is a selection of their work.
- Birtchnell, T. (2013) ‘Fill the Ships and We Shall Fill the Shops: The Making of Geographies of Manufacturing’ Area DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/area.12050
- Birtchnell, T. and Urry, J. (2016) A New Industrial Future? 3D Printing and the Reconfiguring of Production, Distribution and Consumption. London: Routledge.
- Carr, C. (2017) ‘Maintenance and repair beyond the perimeter of the plant: Linking industrial labour and the home.‘ Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. DOI: 10.1111/tran.12183.
- Carr, C. and Gibson, C. (2017) ‘Animating geographies of making: Embodied slow scholarship for participant‐researchers of maker cultures and material work.‘ Geography Compass. .
- Carr, C. and Gibson, C. (2015) ‘Geographies of making: rethinking materials and skills for volatile futures’, Progress in Human Geography, DOI: 10.1177/0309132515578775
- Gibson, C (2016) ‘Material inheritances: how place, materiality and labor process underpin the path-dependent evolution of contemporary craft production’, Economic Geography. 92, 1, 61-86. DOI: 10.1080/00130095.2015.1092211
- Gibson, C. and Warren, A. (2017) ‘Creative industries, global restructuring, and new forms of subcultural capitalism: the experience of Australia’s surf industry.‘ Australian Geographer. DOI: 10.1080/00049182.2017.1385118.
- Gibson, C., Grodach, C., Lyons, C., Crosby, A. & Brennan-Horley, C. (2017) Made in Marrickville: Urban Cultural Policy and the Changing Dynamics of Cultural Production Made in Marrickville. Australian Research Council Discovery Project:
Urban Cultural Policy and the Changing Dynamics of Cultural Production.
- Gibson, C. and Warren, A. (2017) ‘Unintentional path dependence: Australian guitar manufacturing, bunya pine and legacies of forestry decisions and resource stewardship.‘ Australian Geographer.
- Gibson C, Carr C, and Warren A. (2015) ‘Making things: manufacturing cultures and industrial cities.’ In K Oakley and J O’Conner (Eds.) Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries. Routledge, London.
- Gibson, C, Carr, C and Warren, A (2012) ‘A country that makes things?’, Australian Geographer, 43, 2, 109-113.
- Grodach, C., O’Connor, J. and Gibson, C. (2017) ‘Manufacturing and cultural production: towards a progressive policy agenda for the cultural economy.‘ City, Culture and Society.
- Warren, A. (2016) ‘Crafting masculinities: gender, culture and emotion at work.’ Gender, Place and Culture 23(1) pp. 36-54.
- Warren, A and Gibson, C (2014) Surfing Places, Surfboard Makers: Craft, Creativity and Cultural Heritage in Hawai’i, California and Australia, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu.
- Warren, A and Gibson, C (2013) ‘Making things in a high-dollar Australia: the case of the surfboard industry’, Journal of Australian Political Economy, 71, 26-50
CRAFT SKILL & MAKER PRACTICES (mixed disciplines)
- Adamson, G (2013), The Invention of Craft. London: Bloomsbury.
- Adamson, G (ed) (2010) The Craft Reader. Oxford & New York: Berg.
- Banks, M. 2010, ‘Craft labour and creative industries‘, International Journal of Cultural Policy, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 305–321.
- Crawford, M. (2010) The Case for Working with Your Hands: Or Why Office Work is Bad for Us and Fixing Things Feels Good, London: Penguin Books.
- Ehn, P. Nilsson E.M. & Topgaard, R. (eds), Making Futures: Marginal Notes on Innovation, Design and Democracy, MIT Press, Cambridge Mass.
- Fisher, T. & Botticello, J. (2016) ‘Machine-made lace, the spaces of skilled practices and the paradoxes of contemporary craft production‘, Cultural Geographies.
- Holmes, H. 2014, ‘Transient craft: reclaiming the contemporary craft worker’, Work, Employment and Society, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 479–495.
- Ingold, T, (2011) Being alive: essays on movement, knowledge and description, London: Routledge.
- Jakob, D. (2013). ‘Crafting your way out of the recession? New craft entrepreneurs and the global economic downturn.’ Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 6(1), 127–140. https://doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rss022
- Krugh, M (2014) ‘Joy in labour: The politicisation of craft from the Arts & Crafts Movement to Etsy‘, Canadian Review of American Studies, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 281-301.
- Luckman, S. (2015) Craft and the Creative Economy, Palgrave Macmillan, London.
- Ocejo, R.E. (2017) Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Economy, Princeton University Press, Princeton
- Patchett, M. (2016) ‘The taxidermist’s apprentice: stitching together the past and present of a craft practice‘, Cultural Geographies, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 401–419.
- Patchett, M. (2017) ‘Historical geographies of apprenticeship: rethinking and retracing craft conveyance over time and place‘, Journal of Historical Geography, vol. 55, pp. 30–43.
Sennett, R. (2008) The Craftsman, Penguin, London and New York.
AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURING & LABOUR (See also ACCER List above)
- Barnes, T., Roose, J.M., Heap, L. & Turner, B.S. (2016), ‘Employment, spillovers and ’decent work: Challenging the Productivity Commissions auto industry narrative‘, The Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 215–230.
- Barbaro, B., Spoehr, J. and the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research
(2014) Closing the motor vehicle industry – the impact on Australia, Adelaide: Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre, and the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research, University of Adelaide.
- Bucolo, S. & King, P. (2014) Design for Manufacturing Competitiveness. University of Technology Sydney and Australian Design Integration Network,
- Gordon, M. & Gordon, B. (1987) Redundancy, Employment and Occupational Status: Ex-Steel Industry Employees. Newcastle: Department of Economics, University of Newcastle.
- Green, R. & Roos, G. (2012) Australia’s Manufacturing Future. Discussion paper prepared for the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Taskforce, Sydney.
- Rodgers, J. (2015) ‘Jobs for creatives outside the creative industries: a study of creatives working in the Australian manufacturing industry’, Creative Industries Journal, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 3–23.
- Roos, G. (2016) ‘Design-Based Innovation for Manufacturing Firm Success in High-Cost Operating Environments‘, She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 5–28.
- Schultz, J. (1985) Steel City Blues: The Human Cost of Industrial Crisis, Penguin Books, London, New York & Melbourne.
- Stanford, J. & Swann, T. (2017) Manufacturing: A Moment of Opportunity. Canberra: Centre for Future Work, The Australia Institute.
- Stanford, J. (2016) Manufacturing (Still) Matters: Why the decline of Australian manufacturing is NOT inevitable, and what Government can do about it, Canberra: Centre for Future Work, The Australia Institute.
- Wilson, S., Ebert, N. & Burrows, S. (2013) ‘Precarious work, neo-liberalism and young people’s experiences of employment in the Illawarra region‘, The Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 380–396.
APPRENTICESHIPS & VOCATIONAL EDUCATION
- Callan, V.J. & Bowman, K. (2015) Industry restructuring and job loss: Helping older workers get back into employment. Canberra: National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
- Knight, B. (2012) Evolution of apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia: An unfinished history. Adelaide: National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
- Lewis, P. & Corliss, M. (2010) Where tradies work: A regional analysis of the labour market for tradespeople. Canberra: National Vocational Education and Training Research and Evaluation Program.
- O’Reilly-Briggs, K. (2010) The master artisan: a framework for master tradespeople in Australia. Canberra: National Vocational Education and Training Research and Evaluation Program.
- Patchett, M. (2017) ‘Historical geographies of apprenticeship: rethinking and retracing craft conveyance over time and place’, Journal of Historical Geography, vol. 55, pp. 30–43.
- Patchett, M. (2016) ‘The taxidermist’s apprentice: stitching together the past and present of a craft practice’, Cultural Geographies, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 401–419.
- Productivity Commission (2017) ‘Supporting Paper 8: Upskilling and Retraining‘, in Shifting the Dial: 5 year Productivity Review, Canberra: Commonwealth Government Australia.
- Shields, J. (1995) ‘A matter of skill: the rise of compulsory apprenticeship in early twentieth century New South Wales’’, Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 236–262.
- Shields, J. (1995) ‘Deskilling revisited: Continuity and change in craft work and apprenticeship in late nineteenth century New South Wales’, Labour History, vol. 68, no. May, pp. 1–29.
- Shields, J. (1992) ‘Craftsmen in the making: The memory and meaning of apprenticeship in Sydney between the Great War and the Great Depression’, in J. Shields (ed.), All our labours : Oral histories of working life in twentieth century Sydney, Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, pp. 86–122.
THEORISING LABOUR / TECHNOLOGY / GENDER
(Obviously this could be much much longer, this is a very abbreviated list)
- Baron, A. (1989) ‘Questions of gender: Deskilling and demascilinisation in the US printing industry 1830-1915’, Gender & History, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 178–199.
Braverman, H. (1977) Labor and monopoly capital: The degradation of work in the twentieth century. New York: Monthly Review Press.
- Burawoy, M. (2013) ‘Ethnographic fallacies: reflections on labour studies in the era of market fundamentalism’, Work, Employment & Society, vol. 27, pp. 526–536.
- Cockburn, C. (1983) Brothers: Male dominance and technological change, London: Pluto Press.
- Cockburn, C. (1985) Machinery of dominance: Women, men and technical know-how, London: Pluto Press.
- Edgerton, D. (2006) The shock of the old: Technology & Global History since 1900: Technology in global history since 1900, London: Profile Books.
- Honneth, A. (1995) The Struggle for Recognition: The Moral Grammar of Social Conflicts, (trans. Joel Anderson), MIT Press / Polity Press, Cambridge Mass.
- Kessler-Harris, A. (1993) ‘Treating the male as “other”: Redefining the parameters of labor history’, Labor History, vol. 34, no. 2/3, pp. 190–204.
- MacKenzie, D. & Wajcman, J. (1999) ‘Technological determinism and production’, in D. MacKenzie & J. Wajcman (eds), The social shaping of technology, Open University Press, Maidenhead and Philadelphia, pp. 141–150.
- Noble, D.F. (1978) ‘Social Choice in Machine Design: The Case of Automatically Controlled Machine Tools, and a Challenge for Labor’, Politics & Society, vol. 8, no. 3–4, pp. 313–347,
- Noble, D.F. (1984) Forces of production: A social history of industrial automation, Alfred A. Knopf, New York.
- Sennett, R. (1998) The corrosion of character: The personal consequences of work in the new capitalism, W.W. Norton & Company, New York & London.
- Winner, L. (1977) Autonomous Technology: Technics-out-of-Control as a Theme in Political Thought, MIT Press, Cambridge Mass.
- Barnes, T. (2016) ‘Ford workers willing but unlikely to find decent jobs : study‘, The Conversation, 1 May.
- Balinski, B. 2015, ‘Businesses need to embrace 3D printing: Australian technology expert’, Manufacturers’ Monthly, 2 April.
- Bucolo, S. (2014) ‘Australian industry must shift its narrow approach to innovation‘, The Conversation, 15 October.
- Impey, S. (2017) ‘Changing public perceptions of manufacturing‘, Manufacturers’ Monthly, 20 July.
- Gibson, C. & Warren, A. (2014), ‘The story of steel maps the job future for car workers‘, The Conversation, 14 February.
- Gibson, C. & Spinks, G. (2013) ‘Niche markets can breathe new life into manufacturing‘, The Conversation, 28 March.
- Green, R. & Colley, L. (2014) ‘We can rebalance Australia’s economy with creative industries‘, The Conversation, 20 February.
- Giuffrida, A. 2017, ‘How the return of traditional skills is boosting Italy’s economy‘, The Guardian, 2 April.
- Impey, S (2017) ‘Australian manufacturing continues 2017 expansion’, Manufacturers’ Monthly, 5 December.
- Impey, S. (2017) ‘Upskilling the new manufacturing generation’. Manufacturers’ Monthly. 4 December.
- Impey, S. (2017) ‘Redefining the Australian manufacturer‘. Manufacturers’ Monthly. 29 November.
- Lee, T. (2017) ‘The “digital handmade”: How 3d printing became a new craft technology‘, The Conversation, 23 May.
- Murray, K. (2015) ‘Craft in Australia: let’s not forget the real value of the handmade‘, The Conversation, 30 June.
- Richardson, M. (2015), ‘More with less: Aussie innovation and the future of car design’, The Conversation, 5 March.
- Spinks, G. & Gibson, C. (2013) ‘The future of manufacturing: niche doesn’t need to be small‘, The Conversation, 12 December.
- Toner, P. (2013) ‘A view on Australia’s manufacturing industry‘, The Conversation, 1 May.
- Tunstall, E.D. (2014), ‘Re/Valuating Craft in Australia and India’, The Conversation, 31 July.
Sulavik, C. & Araya, D. 2016, ‘Disrupting manufacturing: Innovation and the future of skilled labor‘, Brookings Centre Chalkboard, 6 May.