This age old discussion between the artists and craftsperson often divides, angers, the ultimately remains unanswered. To most people “arts and crafts” have generally come to mean kids and grandmas making chotchkies from popsicle sticks, orange juice cans and tempura paint. Those of us involved in creative endeavors know better and it is up to us to change the narrative.
While there is nothing wrong with the above kinds of projects–I cut my creative teeth while painting plaster of paris statues, beading ornaments and tole painting–they mislead the less crafty folks into looking down on what we do.
As I look forward to having time to explore my crochet fiber art in depth, I am keenly aware that there are those who will sneer at my use of the word “art.” In this article from The Huffington Post, artist Nathan Vincent demonstrates a clear use of crochet as an art medium and explains, in his opinion, the differences between art and craft. It is a good read.
Crochet Concupiscence is an amazing blog chronicling all aspects of crochet. Kathryn Vercillo, the author of the blog has also written a book “Crochet Saved My Life.” In this book Kathryn opens her life up for public review as she discusses the role crochet played in her journey through clinical depression. Kathryn raised the funds to print the book through Kickstarter and I was honored to support her in this effort. I received my book this week. As one who has struggled with the black hole of depression I see some of my struggles in her story. But this book is not just about Kathryn. She has included the stories of crocheters who have found healing properties in crochet. Whether you have crocheted through an illness, a trauma, or just to relax and recover from the monotony of life, there is something for you in this book. Crochet Concupiscene is an amazing blog and a must follow for any crochet afficionado.
Be free. Express yourself, let the hook and yarn be your tools and don’t worry about the outcome; in this journey it is not nearly as important as the process.