Quite some time ago, I was shocked by some "crafts" I came across on
the web. I had not realized there was an entire 'underground' craft
scene that was emerging in shows, on the web, and lately in books. I
saw art made mainly by and for for young people, that seemed to be a
reaction to traditional crafts. I remember twisted and freaked out
barbie dolls, crocheted skulls, and vulva bags. Almost everything
was reactionary, with an edge. Most of it seemed to "dare" the
viewer to comment. This is the audience I thought of when I read
your post, and I had fun googling around the web, looking for some
of those links. I never did find exactly what I was looking for, but
below are a bunch of links that I did find, which I think touch upon
the art/craft scene from a more youthful perspective. Lots of good
material for a seminar there, if one has the impetus to sort it all
Here are some irresistable quotes that exemplify:
"My favorite piece that I made in the class was a piece of soft,
undyed felt that I sculpted around a plain old rock. I sewed on a
turquoise zipper so that you can unzip the felt and take the rock
out. A custom-made jacket for a rock."
"And an obsession for crocheting giant ten-foot doilies with
three-dimensional skull and hand-gun borders."
"Ever tried knitting a trout or making a chandelier out of a kitchen
"Everywhere I look I see little photocopied flyers for Bitchcraft,
notices for stitch'n'bitch groups, and packets of lternative cross
"Really, we were thrilled that crafting was de-grannified; we just
got tired of it having to be so dang perky all the time."
Have fun, and good luck!