Fine Art Crochet?By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 14 Comments
Fine art is art developed primarily for aesthetics, distinguishing it from applied art that also has to serve some practical function. (Source)
What is Craft?
A craft is a pastime or a profession that requires some particular kind of skilled work. (Source)
So these things overlap quite a bit, don’t they? The reason this came up for me is that I was having a conversation with a good friend of mine. My friend is very educated, well-rounded, and somewhat ensconced in the traditional (Western) canon.
Here’s a quote from our conversation:
“All crafty creativity has a level that is truly breathtaking, but I have yet to see an example of crochet that I am just mesmerized by. I mean, I’ve seen needlepoint that has put a tear in my eye. And, watching some people sew/tailor… They’re wizards! And, while what my grandma produced was “nice,” even “pretty” at times, they seemed highly focused on being functional/utilitarian pieces.”
I should definitely mention here that a simple difference in taste, attitude, and opinion is at play here, but I can’t help but think there is something more to this argument. That is why I wanted to turn the conversation over to you, Crochet Spotters!
Send me your examples of fine art crochet! Help to convince my friend that crochet is a medium equal to painting. Or is it? Tell me your opinion about crochet as a medium. Should it even be considered a fine art? Why/why not? I am REEEALLLYY interested in hearing what you have to say and opening this conversation widely. Please contribute, pin, tweet, and share! Your opinion matters!
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