One of the least discussed cultural disruptions of COVID-19 is the rise of the artisan economy: the global handicraft industry which expected to be worth $847 billion by 2027.
The artisan economy is the second largest employer in the developing world.
The pandemic contributed to the rise of artisanship – including home cooking, gardening, and DIY crafts.
In his new book, Return of the Artisan: How America Went from Industrial to Handmade, bestselling author and cultural anthropologist Grant McCracken, a Rowayton resident, considers what this means for the future of our work and culture.
From Simon and Schuster, McCracken’s volume explores the evolution of the artisanal movement, from the fringes of the 1970s to the spike of domesticity caused by COVID-19–and what it means for the future of work and American culture as a whole.
McCracken is a much-followed professor whose 2012 book Culturematic was a touchstone for much of American pop cultural expression.
He has advised a host of companies on cultural anthropology, including the Obama White House, Google, Netflix, Nike, Kanye West, and the Ford Foundation.