Art~Craft, Studio~Sewing room~Craft room, Artist~Crafter~Dabbler…what do you call yourself? What we name ourselves and our spaces is important...it is one of the ways we tell the world what is important to us. When I decided that I wanted to become more serious about my passion for stitching and art I thought I should change the name of my sewing room to studio. Easy right? NOT! I felt so pretentious calling my messy thread covered room a studio. It actually took me 2 years to make that change. I couldn’t bring myself to accept the title of ‘artist’ for another 2 years.
What is the big deal about the title artist? Why have we elevated the title ‘artist’ to an award we bestow upon a small percentage of our population? Who gets to decide who is eligible to be an ‘artist’? Back in the middle ages many things we consider art today were thought of as craft…painting was no different an occupation than a cobbler. During the Renaissance painters and sculptors got a boost up the ladder to join poets and musicians as ‘artists’. The art academies later elevated these media to the status of ‘fine art’. More recent movements in the art world are bringing art back into the hands of the masses and changing the way we look at and define art. Has the pendulum traced its longest period? I hope so!
Everything in nature seeks balance and I think we will see more acceptance in the art world as we as individuals balance art and technology…even combining our art and technology. The art~craft debate will slowly die off as we allow the creator to define which of their creations are art and which are craft. When I think about the future of art in all the different media and forms I get so excited. One day, we will look back and laugh that we even had such silly arguments over art and craft…sort of the way we laugh at the clothes we wore in high school.
Art is nourishment for the human spirit. We are all born to create stuff and we are all better humans when we do just that. Go make the world a better place…go make some art in your studio!