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Camilla Groth


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Magasinsgatan 4
54221 Mariestad
Magasinsgatan 4
54221 Mariestad

Om Camilla Groth

Camilla Groth is conducting her two-year post-doctoral research in two craft-oriented institutions within the University of Gothenburg: the Department of Conservation, under Professor of Craft Science Harald Bentz Høgseth in Mariestad and in the Crafts Program at the Academy of Design and Crafts under professor of Craft Jessica Hemmings (HDK) in Gothenburg. By combining these two research environments, the idea is that the research project could facilitate a channel for collaborations and mutual discussions between the practitioners and researchers within these two environments, thus bringing these seemingly dispersed practice fields closer to each other.

Following a three years apprenticeship in ceramic craft practice, Camilla has been active in the field of ceramics and glass for 26 years, exhibiting both nationally and internationally and with several products launched on the market. Her doctoral study on embodied cognition in design and craft practice contributed to the interdisciplinary Handling Mind Research Project, (2012-2016). Through her doctorate she has built up a theoretical understanding of design and craft thinking, embodied cognition and practice-led research methods. She has published on the subjects of research design, research methods and theory as well as on tactile communication and the transfer of tacit knowledge through embodied teaching. In addition, she has developed research methods on experiential knowledge using video and contextual activity sampling, as well as studied the connection between material interaction and emotions and the role of the body in material manipulation. From 2018 Camilla is also an Associate Professor 20% at the Department of Visual and Performing Arts Education, University of Southeast Norway.

About the research project Empathic Practices In making Cultures (2019-2020): As a subject of academic research, the field of crafts is relatively young, thus basic concepts and descriptive characterizations are still under development. The recent inclusion of practice-based professions in the academic realm now give reasons for a thorough investigation of a wider concept of craft studies that extend over the borders of art and design education to include also related fields of making practices. A compilation and investigative study that maps the contemporary craft research field, broadening the understanding of craft research and its different characteristics, similarities and differences can shed light on the concept of craft science and help developing a theoretical and methodological basis for this field of research. The EPIC research project aims to facilitate a closer collaboration between different craft traditions and professional environments nationally, which through mutual understanding can strengthen each other´s research practices and environments. As research topics, the role of empathy and definitions in craft sciences are timely as values have shifted towards a positive view on craft in both the creative field and in society at large. As a balancing feature in the digitalization processes where the experienced material culture is gradually moving into the virtual realm, the authenticity of traditional materials and tactile qualities have moved to the fore. Materiality, locality and traditions, together with quality of the handmade as well as the narrating craftsman, stand for high culture and longevity that encourage sustainable consumer habits. On a less professional level, crafting activities represent a way forward in a society tired of mass-production. They are seen as an enabling force in engaging also the public in upcycling and customisation of domestic and local environments, and in this way contribute to empathic communal activities and a positive and sustainable social development. This research project thus aims for a threefold contribution, bringing new and transferable knowledge for: 1) The individual craft practitioner and student in the field of craft studies, 2) The extended research communities of craft science and arts-based craft studies, 3) The society at large, in the form of activating craftsbased events around the subjects of empathy, sustainable values and the common good.


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