So late last year I went to a bar with Anna, drank a few glasses of pinot and got up on my soapbox (barstool?) about the lack of credibility and respect given to craft - and I wrote a post about it. Craft as the ugly stepsister. And as is often the case with blogging, the really good stuff happened in the comments section of that post. The comments gave me so much to think about that I've been thinking/chatting about it ever since. And although that post wasn't really a craft v's art post I'm really curious about where the line is. What makes craft craft and art art? And then why is one deemed more XYZ than the other?
One comment I especially loved was Siri's paraphrasing of her sister Mim's thoughts.
I totally agree with Mim. I think that the line between art and craft is very different to whether people see craft as equally deserving of their respect. The probably both deserve their own posts but for now I've found something that shifted the whole debate to another plane.
I've been moving on from my beloved podcasts this week, and upping the ante on my "ideas consumption", by listening to an audiobook by Seth Godin called the Icarus Deception. Chapter 3 talked about what art was - in Seth's opinion it isn't necessarily a painter.
Seth says many more things about art (in this book and others) which I found useful and which have transformed my thinking to some degree. I'll leave you with a couple more but I would love to hear what you think and whether this resonates for you.
Weigh in lovely peeps!