Paula over on The Beauty of life has written a very interesting post about the art/craft debate. Like me Paula does not see the term craft as a derogatory tag but many do and since the discussion was turned into a debate i.e. stating something is either this or that.
For me discussions that are framed in these black and white thinking and invariably false. I find that the minute you frame a discussion with two ideas as being diametrically opposed both ideas can become undone.
What most people never see is that you just don’t have to think in terms of this OR that. It is possible with concepts to think in terms of this AND that. Last months TIF challenge topic was one about definitions. Some people felt they had to limit how they defined who they are.They had to say they were an artist or crafter or what ever. I would ask why not expand definitions? I define myself as both! My point is that a habit of thought dominant in our culture can have you limiting how you see the world.
I don’t know of anything in life that is really diametrically opposed. So I ask why do we do it with two concepts such as art and craft. It’s simply a cultural habit of thought and one that because the discussion is so constructed and framed with in a tradition a of debate it actually leads no where. It creates a false conflict and a false value system. It is possible to define, discuss and tease out ideas without framing the discussion in term of a debate and if done so could lead somewhere provided it is a genuine discussion instead if setting this idea against that idea.
I don’t think or live that way. There are lots of tones in between and so for me it it the same with art and craft. Some art is crafted other crafts are art and it is possible for objects to be either or a mix of the two and still highly valued. It is possible to have objects valued for their artistic merit and/or their fine craftsmanship.
Anyway pop over and see what Paula has written. It will at least make you think.