It's been a long time between posts again ... this seems to have become the standard.
Looking back at posts over the past couple years it's clear I haven't been really excited about creating art for some time now. (For myriad reasons, which I was working on typing out but then deleted, because quite simply, if I'm not feeling it, it's not happening.) At least I've had a few successful Imagination Uncorked classes at Gallery 194 - the October haunted house painting was my best class yet - so there's that.
Even with my shift to fiber-related creating, nothing has been incredibly "artsy"; just "crafty" stuff like crocheting hats, amigurumi, sewing purses - but hey, as long as the stuff is selling, I'm continuing. Even that so-called "art quilt" I started almost 2 years ago sits in a bag unfinished. I've begun regularly attending local Fiber Art Junkies meetings (thank you Linda Knop for introducing me to this group!) which I feel will help spur me to be more creative.
This brings me to the question which has been asked & pondered many times by many people, - what is the distinction between ART and CRAFT? Does art have to be something that is merely hung on the wall or placed on a pedestal and admired for it's aesthetic value? What about functional art, like pottery, glass, wood creations (clocks, furniture, etc)? Is there not "craft" that goes into making such items as well? Or is it skill? How are those terms different? Does art have to be an original creation, which can't be mass-produced? What about limited-edition reproductions of an original? What about paintings of subject matter that have been rendered umpteen times by umpteen people? (portraits of well-known people, depictions of well-known scenes, etc.) I have heard the opinion that you must be able to see the artist's "hand" in the work. What about realism/ hyperrealism? Is it "art" to lead a group step-by-step to create a simplistic painting in 2 hours?
Just some things to ponder as sit and crochet holiday hats and try to come up with different color combinations that make the best use of the yarn I have without having to go out and buy more (hah!) That HAS to at least qualify as a skill.