Saturday, 18 April 2009
Artist or Crafter?
1. One, such as a painter, sculptor, or writer, who is able by virtue of imagination and talent or skill to create works of aesthetic value, especially in the fine arts.
2. A person whose work shows exceptional creative ability or skill: You are an artist in the kitchen.
3. One, such as an actor or singer, who works in the performing arts.
1. the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
2. the class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria; works of art collectively, as paintings, sculptures, or drawings: a museum of art; an art collection.
3. a field, genre, or category of art: Dance is an art.
4. the fine arts collectively, often excluding architecture: art and architecture.
5. any field using the skills or techniques of art: advertising art; industrial art.
6. (in printed matter) illustrative or decorative material: Is there any art with the copy for this story?
7. the principles or methods governing any craft or branch of learning: the art of baking; the art of selling.
8. the craft or trade using these principles or methods.
9. skill in conducting any human activity: a master at the art of conversation.
10. a branch of learning or university study, esp. one of the fine arts or the humanities, as music, philosophy, or literature.
a creator of great skill in the manual arts; "the jewelry was made by internationally famous craftsmen" [syn: craftsman]
An occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or skilled artistry.
To make by hand.
I found myself pondering this today as I mooched enjoyably around Manchester's Craft Centre, waiting for the lovely ladies from the Made in Manchester group, of which I am now a newbie member (is it strange that I always feel like I am a big 'pretender', like a child earwigging?). Thankyou, lovely Cheryl of DesignRocks
It doesn't matter where you sit, stand or look there is creativity abound and I found myself, without truly realising it, separating the works and people about me into these two 'smarties' piles.
This is art, this is craft, she's an artist, I'm a crafter. Interestingly jewellery in my unconscious, bumbling thinking is art, while embroidery is craft, photography is art, printing is craft. There are a billion holes in my thinking....and indeed this post....what do you think?