The Bard Graduate Center Craft, Art and Design Oral History Project is an online archive of oral history interviews of contemporary craftspeople, artists and designers. The primary form of these interviews are transcripts, illustrated with photographs of interviewees and their work; some also feature audio and video clips. These makers come from many fields: studio craft in wood, ceramics, fiber, metal, glass, and mixed media; architectural, industrial, graphic, fashion, and costume design; and sculpture and installation art. Topics discussed include background and education, aesthetics, goals, career choices, and the marketplace. Interviews range in focus and length; some concentrate on specific projects, while others recount life histories.
The oral history transcripts are the results of digitally recorded interviews. Interviewees have reviewed their transcripts and have made corrections and emendations. The reader should bear in mind that he or she is reading a transcript of spoken, rather than written, prose. The transcripts are in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotations and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with [interviewee], conducted by [interviewer] on [date], Bard Graduate Center Craft, Art and Design Oral History Project.
Interviews may be browsed by interviewee name or by tags, including media, techniques, fields, products, geographic locations, individuals, institutions, organizations, exhibitions, publications, and historical or thematic categories such as tradition, modernism, counterculture, gender, and many others.