Wednesday, April 16, 2008

From the American Craft Council website: A nice reminder of what this is all about. After two weeks of intense promotion of the hands in learning, I get back to making and writing tomorrow. I have an order to fill for Appalachian Spring Galleries and will start a new chapter in the rustic furniture book. I'll have photos to show as work progresses.

1 comment:

Dana Jones said...

I like this post a lot Doug. It helps me to define craft in a better light than I have come to understand it. Reading the commentary by Peter Dormer on their website is also enlightening. "The separation of craft from art and design is one of the phenomena of late-twentieth-century Western culture. The consequences of this split have been quite startling. It has led to the separation of 'having ideas' from 'making objects.' It has also led to the idea that there exists some sort of mental attribute known as 'creativity' that precedes or can be divorced from a knowledge of how to make things. This has led to art without craft."
Peter Dormer
The Culture of Craft

Many artists I know look down on the word craft or being labeled a crafter. I have not always understood the difference and have even tried to get past understanding and just accepting there is no right answer. But Dormer's explanation makes more sense to me than anything I've heard before. Yet, it cannot be all-inclusive of thought on the matter.

I hope you don't mind, I'd like to post this visual on my blog also with a link to their site.

Sorry for the long comment.