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When is a craft an art? Itâ€™s not a new question, the boundaries between craft and art have long been contested. But with the explosion of interest in craft, from the Make Do and Mend craze, the new cool of the Womenâ€™s Institute and graffiti knitting to artistsâ€™ (such as Ai Weiwei) connection with traditional skills and Richard Sennetâ€™s collection of essays The Craftsman gaining interest and coverage, it seems to be the time to talk about it.
So what defines an artist or a craft maker, or even divides an artist from a craft maker? Perhaps intention makes the distinction. If a maker intends to express something perhaps that makes it art.
However, I asked a few makers at a contemporary craft fair last week, and they often felt that it was the material they worked with that made it craft – textiles, ceramics, glass seem to fall into the craft category, never mind if their intention as maker might be an artistic one.
Perhaps itâ€™s how a maker learnt their skill. As an apprentice coming through a process of learning a skill, hand to hand, as it were? Thatâ€™s craft. As a fully formed genius honing an expressive talent? Thatâ€™s art.
Perhaps itâ€™s use. Something wearable or useable – jewellrey or furniture for example – seems to fit neatly under the craft label, while something that has no clear practical purpose might be called art. However, this doesnâ€™t take into account the decorative crafts, nor the artists who produce practical items.
1) So what do you think? When is a maker(craftsperson) an artist? And what makes a craft an art?
2) Identify various types of craft-oriented objects you own or encounter on a daily basis. Describe the value of these objects to you in your daily life.