[Tagging] craft= Proposal

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Wed Aug 25 00:59:38 BST 2010

In English, particularly American English, "craft" is now mostly used to mean "handicraft": a decorative object, possibly but not necessarily useful, that is produced one at a time rather than mass-produced.  The borderline between the more beautiful craft objects and fine art is sometimes a bit blurry.

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Subject :Re: [Tagging] craft= Proposal
From  :mailto:dieterdreist at gmail.com
Date  :Tue Aug 24 18:34:22 America/Chicago 2010

2010/8/24 Simon Ward <simon at bleah.co.uk>:
> On Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 02:28:53PM +0200, Simone Saviolo wrote:
>> A sculptor (and an art gallery, often) ultimately hopes to sell his
>> artwork. By that criterion, nothing would be cratfsmanship.
> Heh, well, that probably goes for very many sculptors (and art
> galleries), although it is possible that some are not obsessed with
> money, take pride in their work, and present it for the pleasure of its
> viewers.

IMHO art is not a craft. Crafts do produce something useful while art
is mostly without the scope to be useful. It is more or less the
definition of art to be "useless" ;-)
Art is generally about meaning.

Maybe you wanted to express handicraft (de:Kunsthandwerk)?


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