5 June 2014
Professor Trevor Marchand has received sponsorship from the Carpenters' Company, one of the livery companies of the City of London, to complete a short ethnographic film on The Intelligent Hand. The film is grounded in Marchand's fieldwork (2012-13) with fine woodwork trainees and instructors at the Building Crafts College in East London. The research was supported by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. The film explores individual learning and growth achieved through practical problem-solving with tools and materials, and in the social context of the college workshop. The ultimate objective is to display the mindful, spiritual, and embodied intelligence that are at the heart of handicraft.