This week's Etsy Blogger's topic is : 1).Art vs. Craft: Is it an issue / non-issue and how do you feel about the argument?
Here's some food for thought I found by Googling which you may find of interest as I did:http://www.divinecaroline.com/article/22328/43478-debate-art-vs--craft-continues
After finding much to agree with in that post, I came upon several posts on this blog, Textile Arts Resource Guide. I liked how Mary Sullivan Holdgrafer, a textile artist, described craft and art as a part of a continuum . Personally, I think each piece I create may belong on a different spot on that continuum although I do primarily think of myself as a craftsperson. Charles Lewton-Brain, a master goldsmith, agreed that a person can be both artist and craftsperson and articles they produce can be both also. He also expounded on that idea which I support that artists and craftspersons self-designate.
"The Canadian Professional Relations tribunal, after spending months on the question decided that 'artists self-designate', that for legal purposes you are an artist if you say you are or a crafts person if you say you are."
I think I liked these reflections from Bruce DeBoer, a photographer, about art and craft best:
"What’s the difference between art and craft? Oh … about $1000. How about: Craft comes with instructions and art doesn’t? Or how about: Crafts take skill and art doesn’t need any? Nah - too confrontational.
“A good simple definition of art is the manifestation of human emotion through medium. Notice I’m not saying good or great art, just art. Art is a starting point for expression. If you reveal art you are an artist. A child who explores finger paints is an artist – maybe even the purest type.We all know artists; the most random of thinkers. They are driven to emote. It’s in there and it must come out, no practice required. To practice is to do..
“Craft is guided by an external force. Craft’s starting point isvoid of internal emotional expression. Practice a craft and your skills grow. They are measurable. Honed over a lifetime your mastery can reach great heights. It’s easy to recognize fine craftsmanship because it took great skill to produce..
“Art schools teach skills or the craft of communicating emotion.The schools of craftsmanship teach high skill but will also move students toward self expression. It’s as though they are teaching the same thing from opposite ends of a spectrum..In the middle of the art craft spectrum you’ll find fine art and beautiful craft sitting side by side; indistinguishable over time like paintings of the Dutch masters. Great artists become skilled at communicating their emotions and fine crafts people become emotional
expressionists through their medium. It’s the same thing but approached from different directions. Neither is easy. Neither is superior. "
So what are you, artist or craftsperson, or do you, like me, find yourself moving along the continuum?