In my Never Humble Opinion

Art vs Craft. The age old argument which can sometimes lead to strong words and heated discussion.

My opinion?

Art is creative expression, craft is using tools and materials to make something. Combine the two and you get a piece of work which is decorative and emotive, which will withstand the passage of time and use, because it is well made using appropriate materials.

In other words, get a craftsman to paint your ceiling and it will take twenty years for him to get to the house, but the ceiling will white for about twenty years after.

Get an artist on the job it will take twenty years to be done, but will fall off in the next twenty.

What we should aspire to is somewhere in between.

We should know our tools and materials and how to get the best out of them, then create beautiful stuff.

I wrote this as a comment on an old post by Paula Hewitt and thought I would give it a bit more of an airing here.

After all, I have a magnet on my fridge which states that everybody is entitled to my opinion! You are welcome to leave your opinion, humble or otherwise, in the comments. I wonder, is possible to have a loud discussion via the internet without shouting really loudly?

About Virtual Quilter

I am a quilter who designs many more quilts than I will ever make, and I am sharing one quilt design every day in Virtual Quilter. I also share my completed projects in Stuff-Ups, and Christmas decorations in Christmas Everyday of the Year.
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2 Responses to In my Never Humble Opinion

  1. paulahewitt says:

    I think somewhere in between is good. i tend more towards the craft not art – but im a learner -so i feel i should be getting the basics right before i ‘express’ myself artistically. it’s a journey, i guess

    Like

    • virtualquilter says:

      Paula,
      It is a long journey, and takes some surprising turns at times. And most of what has happened so far on my journey has been fun!
      Judy B

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