Wednesday, December 8, 2010

On art, on craft

The Salt Spring Arts Council produces an informative newsletter. Flipping through an old issue, I found this article penned by Gary Cherneff.

Craft is about skill and technology and as such we judge it rather objectively because standards are often codified and do not contain those tricky artsy terms such as meaning or symbolism etc. which is why it is easier to understand. Art is about knowing what you want to say and being successful at saying it. We judge it subjectively. It is harder to understand because we have to think for ourselves about meaning etc. and have to spend time learning the language of art. Both art and craft extraordinary commitment to do well.

In 2006 I wrote
If you create or find your own fibre, pattern, needles and, or use them in an unconventional way you are clearly an artist. Their is no question in my mind.
Another way to determine if something is art or craft is to ask the question why? Why are you knitting this item? Is it to serve a purpose? Say for example, you are cold so you knit a sweater--then you are a crafter. On the other hand, if you are making a profound statement by knitting the item then clearly you are an artist.
Hmmm, my words are fuel for a mighty fire.

A search engine yielded this website: http://weburbanist.com/2009/02/06/knitty-gritty-15-works-of-knit-art-and-graffiti/
Interesting, if only for the pictures.
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Search the topic that interests you.
You'll be lost for hours.

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