Many say that “craft” is a technique, static, possibly a repeated pattern of steps to achieve an outcome. Let’s pick apart some examples and see what you think.
A leather worker takes repeated, learned, step to build and complete a saddle. During this process he must apply his craft of leather tooling skills to imprint the saddle. In his mind he’s created a design using most likely a predetermined style method for his tooling. Once done, he’s completed a saddle which has been “crafted” by hand.
What about the leather tooling separate from the saddle base? It was designed, drawn and implemented by this craftsman using his imagination and acquired skills. Ultimately he has created a piece of “
If some describe crafts as a technique which has been in application for centuries then by all rights the leatherworker should be classified as a craftsman correct? But if “
Let’s throw in a monkey wrench for fun. Suppose this saddle was the most beautiful, magnificent saddle anyone has seen. It’s put into a gallery for sale and purchased by someone knowing nothing about horses, or saddles nor wants to. Assumedly it was purchased as “
The ability of repairing jewelry is a craft. If a jeweler starts designing jewelry and applies techniques centuries old to his crafts to achieve an outstanding and notable design or style, is it still a craft or has the jeweler become an artist because the jeweler brought thought, expression and emotion to the piece while creating it?
A monkey splashes various paint colors onto a canvas. The monkey has a great sales person who takes this work to a gallery. It sells for thousands of dollars because it’s been presented as “
If someone is able to sell what they produce or “crafted” does it make them an artist? Maybe.
The word “
So where does the word “Artisan” come into this equation? According to the
Merriam Webster dictionary an “Artisan” is defined as:
1: a worker who practices a trade or handicraft: craftsperson
2 : one that produces something (as cheese or wine) in limited quantities often using traditional methods
According to Wikipedia;
An artisan, also called a craftsman, is a skilled manual worker who uses tools and machinery in a particular craft.
What’s my objective of this article? It’s done with the hopes that people start thinking differently. A craft maybe an expression of
Source by Julie Teeples