Handmade 2.0 observer Rob Walker points to a review of a Craft conference called SNAG where one of the ‘elders’ of the craft movement took a swing at all these new alt.crafters:
[Bruce] Metcalf… spoke spoke of unprofessional displays, kitsch, a general lackadaisical approach and at one point even used the words “dry, airless, and boring”. my apologies, at this point, i was shaking in my seat from anger and was unable to jot down his exact words.
In Metacalf’s defense, he did speak positively of alt craft’s sense of community and political consciousness. But a general negative and almost mocking attitude continued throughout Metcalf’s talk.