Recently, I was listening to The Fresh Rag Show’s interview with Lisa Solomon “At the Crossroads of Art and Craft“. Lisa’s work toes the traditional art vs. craft line; she sometimes uses craft materials (yarn, etc) in an artful way. This discussion got me thinking: so often things get put into one bucket or the other. Is it art or is it craft? (is this a West Side Story – when you’re a jet, you’re a JET situation?).
At Rabble & Twine, we want to encourage everyone to make something and it doesn’t matter to us how you define it. A lot of labels that get thrown around, Art/Craft/Artist/Crafter/Craftsperson/Maker/Creator/etc. Whatever, dude. You might see art, I might see craft. You might hear noise, I might hear music. It’s the whole ‘you say po-TAY-to I say po-TAH-to’ thing. You need to see it, experience it, and react to it to decide for yourself. And either way it’s worthwhile, unless you’re doing it wrong.
History Lesson (Hint: damn the man!)
Check out this TED-Ed talk by Laura Morelli to learn all about the labels ART and CRAFT, and how the hierarchical differentiation between the two came about.
There’s been plenty written about the differences between Art and Craft, so we decided to present the dichotomy in chart formchart style shamelessly inspired by xkcd and Indexed. Unless otherwise noted, this is not real data (obviously).