Craft vs Art

One of my current projects (den) relies on two things – firstly public involvement and secondly that art and craft can co-exist in relative peace.

In recent decades craft has suffered quite a severe decline and this has led many people to question exactly what craft is compared to art.  I believe they are two ends of a spectrum with lots of overlap in between.  Art has moved away from making in a way that craft has not.  Centuries ago St Francis of Assisi said:

 

I know lots of crafts people out there who put their whole heart into their work, and equally, many artists who do not make objects of any kind, so this definition is no longer completely relevant.

(This image is from quotesgram.com)

A dream is a montage

The exhibition I’m joint-curating is getting closer.  We have the selection of books, we have the theme, one of the team has designed the posters and we are just waiting for them to be printed so we can spend a lovely(!) day distributing them around the area.  This is the legwork you have to do in exchange for all the exciting bits.

dream is a montage poster

It’s a really interesting exercise, but there is that element of doubt because even though I have not created the artwork (in this case the books) I feel as though there is a part of me in this exhibition and that I am opening that part up to scrutiny by the general public.  Not the most comfortable of feelings.