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02 JANUARY 2013

Addressing contemporary issues through traditional craft practices

"Binding handcrafted books for me is not merely a way of turning back the clock, but a way of addressing contemporary issues, both environmental and social as well as aesthetic."

(Michael O'Brien, Bookbinder)

"A Step Back In Time", short documentary about Oamaru's iconoclastic bookbinder Michael O'Brien. Director: Moss Bowering–Scott, Research: Libby Dallison, Executive Producers: Richard Bell and Steve Bloxham, New Zealand Broadcasting School, CPIT, Uploaded to YouTube on 16 August 2010.

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2010Aotearoa New Zealand • archival paper • authentic materialsauthenticity of thingsbook • bookbinder • bookbindingCPIT • craft evangelist • crafts traditioncraftsmanshipcraftspersoncritical consciousness • critical reappraisal • design essentialismdifferent futureseccentric • handcrafted books • handmadehumanisation of technologylimits of progresslocalmanual qualities • Michael OBrien • moggans • New Zealand Broadcasting School • OamaruOtagopaper • paper marbling • perception of modernityshort documentarysustainabilitytactile richnesstraditional practicesVictorian • Victorian Oamaru • Victorian Town at Work • ways of life

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Simon Perkins
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