The Crafty Animator

Handmade, Craft-based Animation and Cultural Value

  • Caroline Ruddell
  • Paul Ward

Part of the Palgrave Animation book series (PAANI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Caroline Ruddell, Paul Ward
    Pages 1-15
  3. Birgitta Hosea
    Pages 17-43
  4. Lilly Husbands
    Pages 45-73
  5. Katharina Boeckenhoff, Caroline Ruddell
    Pages 75-98
  6. Caroline Ruddell, Paul Ward
    Pages 203-225
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 227-231

About this book


This collection is a study of the value of craft as it can be understood within the study and practice of animation. The book reconsiders the position of craft, which is often understood as inferior to ‘art’, with a particular focus on questions of labour in animation production and gendered practices. The notion of craft has been widely investigated in a number of areas including art, design and textiles, but despite the fact that a wide range of animators use craft-based techniques, the value of craft has not been interrogated in this context until now. Seeking to address such a gap in the literature, this collection considers the concept of craft through a range of varying case studies. Chapters include studies on experimental animation, computer animation, trauma and memory, children’s animation and silhouette animation among others. The Crafty Animator also goes some way to exploring the relationship craft has with the digital in the context of animation production. Through these varied discussions, this book problematizes simplistic notions about the value of certain methods and techniques, working to create a dialogue between craft and animation. 


animation craft digital art visual culture textiles design computer animation memory children production

Editors and affiliations

  • Caroline Ruddell
    • 1
  • Paul Ward
    • 2
  1. 1.Brunel University LondonUxbridgeUK
  2. 2.School of Media and PerformanceArts University BournemouthPooleUK

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