…Crochet Outside The Box

Art, Craft Or Does It Matter?


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.DSCN0857

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.



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Author: Sheryl

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” ― May Sarton I am a wanderer. A creative spirit who loves God, my family, my dog, and yarn. I yearn for new trails and new views. If given the opportunity, I would take to the open road to experience everything the world has to offer. For the moment life has my feet firmly planted in one spot, and so it is here I choose to live life to the fullest, drinking in every moment as if it were my last.

3 thoughts on “Art, Craft Or Does It Matter?

  1. Thanks so much for sharing a mention of Crochet Saved My Life here. HUGS!!

  2. Pingback: Best Crochet Patterns, Ideas and News (Link Love) — Crochet Concupiscence

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