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    Frank Gehry is an architect, doing some product/furniture design...perhaps he crafts at home, but that's not his profession.
    Phillipe Stark is an industrial designer, specializing in product design and furniture....
    I personally would never call my occupation (product design) an art, or a craft. Most of the professional designers, design for mass production, design for a need, or for a desire...their finished product is designed to be sold, the process involves many specialists in other fields (engineering and marketing), they build a couple of prototypes, and then the project is shipped off to be manufactured on a factory somewhere. Artistic expression is often devalued for the sake of profit.
    Craft also often creates for a real human need, but it's manufactured very often by the designer, the crafter. That's how I differentiate between craft and design ( and by design I mean product design...not the design as an act of conceptualizing, but design as an occupation.)
    A piece of pottery, although an example of utilitarian craft, can be artistic ( sweet proportions, thoughtful color scheme, use of texture) or a sketch of a toaster done by an industrial designer is not only informative and explains the function of a product, but also shows some artistic skills ( good composition, value...etc)

    To me fine arts are created mainly to express the artist's thoughts, and aren't functional...of course, there're plenty of creative people whose work borderlines with art, craft, and design ( places like Droog), but the whole point of their work sometimes is the fact that they explore and question the boundaries between craft and art and design... There're also plenty of examples of pretty militant approach to craft and art or design, where people make f'ing sure that nothing mixes up and 100% pure art, or 100% pure, craft free design is the output.

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    the main difference is the ego.

    at my school, my teachers always say that things that are "crafts" are not welcome at the student sales.

    it's like my purpose in life to involve "crafts" into my "art" .. i want to create installation pieces using knitting and potholders, i want to incorporate needlework into my paintings...

    i want to fill galleries and confront people with what was called "the private arts" and "domesticity"

    ugh. </end rant>

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    To me, the difference between art and craft is has nothing to do with the media or the finished product. Art is the idea and concept. Design is the plan. Craft is the process. You can do just one of these, but most of the time, they all work together.

    PS to Oscine: Check out an artist named Judy Chicago. She used a lot of "women's crafts" in her work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creativecat
    To me, the difference between art and craft is has nothing to do with the media or the finished product. Art is the idea and concept. Design is the plan. Craft is the process. You can do just one of these, but most of the time, they all work together.
    Very nice!

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    Websters says art is a skill acquired by experience, study, or observation; the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects. And craft is an occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or artistic skill.
    Six? or half dozen?
    I've recently wondered about this same subject---and it's reassuring to see others exploring the art vs craft question.
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    I was always led to believe that Craft is a subset of Art (much like painting or sculpting or design or animation or writing or dance or theater-- it's all Art). Thus all Crafters are Artists, but all Artists are not necessarily Crafters if you define "Craft" as the process of creating art with textiles, clay, glass, metals, etc.... It's kind of like: all beagles are dogs, but not all dogs are beagles type of thing.
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    I like creativecat's idea!

    Something that bothers me - I'm an Art History major, and RARELY are classes offered that emphasize or even mention "craft" media - textiles, ceramics, and furniture especially. In fact, while this is changing, it seems like the terms craft and folk art are often used with derogatory intent. It seems like people in the art world sometimes belittle "craft" for some of the reasons you all mentioned (design is not original, duplication) -- but of course those reasons don't always apply to "crafty" media like textiles. I sometimes wonder if textiles, ceramics, etc are rarely mentioned because their practice was pioneered by women. :(

    I don't think there's as much of a distinction as we might imagine, or if there is a distinction it's dynamic. Even following a pattern takes creativity.

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    When asked that question...my reply is that I am an Artsy Crafter or a Crafty Artist. I do create my own woodburned desgins, like mermaids and then add them to wreaths. So that would be art and craft both.
    Crafting really is an artform when items are made from scratch. Well, thats my 2cents. Have a great day. I sure am glad I found this forum. Its awesome to be here with all of you.

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    I think artist contents crafter because craft is a kind of art.
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    This is funny - I was just talking about this with my cousin & boyfriend at the last art festival I vended at. My cousin mentioned that it was more "crafters" than "artists". I was like "What's the difference?" but they didn't have great answers so I did a google search.

    I found this long paper that one guy wrote describing the difference between the two - but it seemed like there were still a lot of grey areas. He mentioned that crafters know exactly what they are going to create before they create it - like a wood crafter - if you tell him you want custom cabinets and give a few ideas, etc, he will make up plans and know exactly what he is going to make before he even starts. Artists, on the other hand, don't always know what their work will look like at the end. They put some paint on the canvas, the work of art evolves, etc. But, this is not black and white, of course. A lot of times when I start a painting I do know what it will look like at the end. Also, the paper mentioned that architects do know what their work will be at the end, but they are still artists. So again, it is a grey area.

    There were other differences between the two as well, I can't remember them all. But if you search google for [difference between art and craft] you should find it.

    Heather


 
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