Thursday, May 7, 2009

Etsybloggers carnival - May 8, 2009

I chose the Etsybloggers Carnival topic #1 to write on:
"Art vs Craft: Is it an issue / non-issue and how do you feel about the argument?"

I know people who wouldn’t be caught dead at a craft show, but will spend their last dollar to apply to an art show.

So what's going on here? Is there really a difference or is it semantics? Personally, I don't really care if people call my jewelry “works of art” or crafting. I just want them to like what I do. And of course, buy what I create.

Tulsa’s 13th Annual Art on the Square

After checking the dictionary, I've come to the conclusion that art is seen to be more cerebral than craft. This is what the American Heritage dictionary has to say:

ART: The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty, specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium.

CRAFT: Skill in doing or making something, as in the arts; OR an occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or skilled artistry.

I also think the artist/crafter controversy has a lot to do with skill and money. Are you more skilled, as an artist? Many artists take courses to improve their competence and learn new techniques. But crafters take classes too, and seem to be even more open to experimentation.

Artists like to be able to show their pieces in art galleries, not craft stalls. And I can understand why - especially if this person is creating full-time. This is where finances come into play.

Online, I’ve been hearing a lot about the handmade movement. This is a great description of what used to be called the craft movement: artistic individuals creating art and marketing their wares, by themselves. Usually as a second job. Like myself.

I like the sound of handmade just fine!

Do you buy and sell on Etsy? Who do they appeal to? I’d like to know how others feel about art vs craft. It does seem to be a touchy subject among the people involved.


HomeMadeOriginals said...

I enjoyed reading your take on this topic.

Splendid Little Stars said...

excellent commentary!
I remember when "handmade" or "homemade" was seemingly synonomous with lower quality. I believe more and more people are valuing a piece handmade by an artistic individual(s) whether that piece has a practical application or not.
Often, the production of a piece of "art" is not a conscious process, but rather subconscious, a "flow," if you will.
great photos, especially the piece of wearable art!

Beadwright said...

Great write up! You are right, some who believe they are artists DO NOT WANT to be placed as a crafter. I find a lot of these people have been to college and have an degree in art. Hey they paid for the title. I also think there is a distinction between the weekend crafter who can only create from an already printed pattern and the people who apply true craftsman/womanship to their art. How ever one creates they have put what they believe is their best into the project. They are proud of what they have made and want recognition for it. As far as selling, there is a difference between craft shows. Some are low end and my work would certainly not sell at them. I look for high end craft shows. I also sell my work in art galleries. For me I think there is room for all of us and a need for all ranges of art and craft.
Remember to:
Bead and Create with Honor and Integrity

Tulip's Talking said...

The definations seem to be one in the same. Though I have an impression that most gallery show-ers such a sculpters or painter for example would not be caught dead at a street show!



memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Great post on this topic :)
I like to think of myself as an artist...but fall a little into both areas :)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Very thought provoking topic! It's all about how you look at yourself. Years ago, Artist, in the purest sense meant fine artist-painter, sculptor, etc. Crafters were all the rest. Today, crafters feel that word connotes that they are not serious creaters & prefer to be called Artists.

BeadedTail said...

I don't know what I am other than an accountant who makes jewelry! I agree with what Craftymoose said about how artists and crafters were defined in the past and how it relates today.

Lenox Knits said...

Great post. I wrote about this once myself. There are so many diverse feelings on it. I know for myself that I mostly consider myself a crafter. I like the more encompassing term of handmade and i've seen the word maker used a lot in the DIY literature. I'm with you I don't care what they call me as long as they like my stuff.

HammelmanArt said...

Interesting topic. I used to pour, fire, sell ceramics at "craft" shows. I now paint watercolors and have not invested the money for framing and display equipment to enter street art shows. Both are artistic expression and creation of a product. Yet, paintings have never really been labeled as craft I don't think.

Funny though, in Etsy search, the returned page says "Handmade Paintings, Shop for unique, handmade paintings from our artisan community." They obviously plug whatever category name into their headline. So, yes I make handmade paintings. It seems that wearable art straddles the two definitions. Soap and candle making have been known as crafts for centuries. Is utility a factor here? And price is definitely a factor. People creating and selling $10 items are not going to be found in the same venue as people selling $1000 items. Except on Etsy. Which is why Etsy is so great.

PurrPrints said...

Interesting post on this dilemma...I go back and forth on this--mostly in relation to the opinions being expressed around me. If someone is dismissive of anything craftsy, I tend to argue for the fuzziness of the boundary between art and craft--but when it comes to my own work and comparing with friends of mine who have BFAs and make their living as full-time painters I tend to self-identify as more of a crafter, even though I minored in art in college. I'm not sure if it's just insecurity or a real concern for the boundaries between the categories.

uniquecommodities said...

great article! Honestly have not thought much about the difference

Five O'Clock Somewhere said...

I agree with you I don't really care if people call my jewelry “works of art” or crafting. If they enjoy it, I am happy. Great post.

QuirkyDolls said...

puzzling and thought provoking. I do get respecting those who have college degrees in art as professionals.
How about:
Professinal Art
Artistic Crafts
Crafty crafts
Just Kidding!!!!!!!!

cindy said...

It does seem to be a touchy subject. I'm enjoying reading everyone's take on the topic. The conclusion I'm coming to is; it's all up to individual interpretation.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...