“There is a fine line between art and craft.”
Ever heard anyone say that before? Its true. There is a fine line between art and craft, and more and more that line is becoming blurry. In fact, its becoming so blurry that many of us, can’t see the difference anymore. After all, in the last five years there has been quite a surge in artists who are now embracing specific craft techniques in their work. And there is, in many ways, an art to crafting: a certain finesse needed to get the job done right.
Let’s take quilting for example. The amount of time and dedication alone that goes into making a quilt is often times quite intense. I watched my grandmother spend months, even years sometimes, slowly working on each individual square of a giant quilt. Those quilts would eventually be displayed at her monthly Quilting Circle (of over 50 quilters), to only then, be neatly folded and put away in a chest, only to come back out again on special occasions. And although she was following a pattern most of the time, she was (and still is) a very talented craftsperson. One with dedication and drive. And most certainly one with passion. But does that make her an artist? I don’t know.
So what about those people who take it one step further? The ones that leave the confines of patterns and rules and create something completely original and inspiring in a field that traditionally has been considered a craft? Are they artists? In my mind, yes. Absolutely! Take the work of Carrie Strine (above left) and Kerry Larkin (above right) for example. These ladies are talented artists who are really defining what quilting now is and what it can be. Their work invokes something in me; inspires me to think beyond the traditional boxes of art and craft.
So what really separates art from craft? To be honest, it is not my intention to truly answer this question here, but rather start a dialogue with you loyal Scoutie Girl readers, whom I imagine have quite an opinion on this. I’d love to know your thoughts, so if you wouldn’t mind sharing your personal opinion on the subject, that would be awesome.