Home-Made Europe: Contemporary Folk Artifacts

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For this enchanting sequel to the critically acclaimed Home-Made: Contemporary Russian Folk Artifacts (2006), Russian artist Vladimir Arkhipov has travelled across Europe to further his collection. The objects he has found are made by everyday people inspired to create something themselves, rather than buying manufactured goods. Many have been made in pursuit of a hobby, or because the maker had the time and inclination to construct something personal. In other cases, the objects are more vital to the maker’s livelihood. Arkhipov’s archive includes hundreds of objects created with idiosyncratic functional qualities: an Austrian ski-bob made using an old bicycle frame; a metal strip full of spikes used to deter pigeons from landing on window ledges; a beautifully painted rocking-motorbike for children; and a device from Germany that enables a musician to play three brass tubas at once. This volume features 230 individual artifacts from Albania, Austria, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and Wales, each of which is accompanied by a photograph of the creator, their story of how the object came about, its function and the materials used to create it. With a foreword by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, Home-Made Europe is an essential companion to the first volume, expanding its theme with more recent objects that suggest that the charm of the home-made utilitarian object transcends even the dictates of necessity.

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Across 256 pages, this small but enlightening anthology brings together such DIY "products" as an outdoor shower assembled from school bus doors; and a makeshift table topped with a street sign, which looks as if it belongs in a hipster loft. (David Dick-Agnew Azure)

The objects we buy are supposed to tell us something about who we are. But they don't tell us half as much as the objects we make, as even a quick flick through Home-Made Europe: Contemporary Folk Artifacts reveals. Here are everyday things people have fashioned with their own hands. Heaters, hammers, anchors, rat-traps, barbecues, showers and goalposts. They range from the pitiful – a child's grill for corn on the cob, rigged out of wires bent over tea lights – to the technically impressive – one man made a fridge. This is a catalogue of human resourcefulness. (Justin McGuirk The Guardian)

Home-made Europe, by Vladimir Arkhipov, is a humble tribute to home-spun DIY. The Russian artist criss-crossed Europe to find ordinary people who have addressed their household needs with extraordinary inventions, often involving bits of other household objects. (Editors Wallpaper*)

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Von Vladimir Arkhipov. London 2012.
ISBN 10: 0956896235 ISBN 13: 9780956896230
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Buchbeschreibung Dieser Band zeigt die Sammlung des russischen Künstlers Vladimir Arkhipov, der in ganz Europa die erstaunlichsten selbstgemachten Dinge aufgespürt hat. Er ist auf der Suche nach Menschen, die statt Fertigwaren zu verwenden, eigene Ideen kreativ umsetzen und Neues erschaffen. Da findet sich zum Beispiel ein österreichischer Skibob aus einem alten Fahrradrahmen oder eine Vorrichtung aus Deutschland, die es einem Musiker erlaubt, drei Tuben gleichzeitig zu spielen. Vorgestellt werden 230 Artefakte aus Albanien, Österreich, Tschechien, England, Frankreich, Deutschland, Irland, Italien, Russland, Spanien, Schweiz, Ukraine und Wales, alle begleitet von Abbildungen und kurzen Erläuterungstexten. (Text engl.) 12,5 x 20,5 cm, 256 S., zahlr. farb. Abb., geb. Artikel-Nr. 717576

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