Artist or Craftsman ?
Here’s just a few People w of the things people I came across had to say.
* I call myself a crafter because I mostly make things, but don't design them. I crochet from patterns and get ideas for my crafts online and in books. To be an artist, I think one has to be original in their designs.”
* The term craftsman carries the connotation of no particular individual spark of creativity, but the skill to faithfully reproduce someone else's artistic vision. Art and artist's create from a spiritual/emotional and sometimes a conscious/subconscious level.
* To borrow a phrase, it's a vision thing. The artist typically produces something that reflects his or her artistic sensibilities.
* Talent does not equal art and talented people are not automatically artists. In order to call yourself an artist you have to earn that right and the way you do that is by doing what any real artist does….show the things that you feel or has inspired you.
* An artist is someone who expresses what they are feeling, thinking and or observing. The situation may have moved them, inspired them, angered them, whatever So to all you so called artists who are quick to say “they aren’t an artist”, “That’s not an art”, etc.….the next time you hear yourself calling yourself an artist, please take a minute to reflect “Am I really an artist? Where does my art come from? Inside me or from someone else’s thoughts, heart or a copy cat of someone else’s work?
I found a lot of interesting views on the topic. I can’t help but laugh as some of the views reminded me of a neighbor we once had. I guess you could say he was a lost soul? A jack of all trades? Or a wanta be?…LOL…
@ one time he called him self a contractor. He built 2 houses, the first one the basement collapsed; he ended up hiring a Real contractor to re-build the basement. The second house had a fire in the electric/breaker box the day before open house….
Next he bought a tractor & he even dressed the part as he now was wearing bib overalls. A 5 acres piece of property in the neighborhood sold & he told a neighbor he wished he’d known he’d bought it as he was a farmer…..
Next he got a truck added a sign that stating he was a Plummer. There was a running joke amount many as what does he think he is today.
As I always say just because you stand in the garage this does not make you a car…LOL…I think the same holds true in many areas. A camera does not make you a Photographer, a paint brush or canvas does not make you a painter.
Taking every year of art I had the opportunity to in school was such a gift in many ways. Being given the hands on experiences helped me through out my life to see where my God given talents are & it’s helped to find ME. To know what inspires me. For years I didn’t think of myself as an artist even when others did. I have always just done what made me happy & helped visions from within get out. With this being said To Me, TRUE artist don’t wait for it to be cool, profitable, convenient, or trendy. Their intention is not to make money or gain fame, but to move and provoke thought that their art engages. The artist in me only cares about stimulating my soul & moving my thoughts, feelings & visions into MY works of art. if you really believe in art, you don't do it for the money, of course there comes a time if you sell a piece the money is nice to help support your art but you do it first for yourself, because you need to, you have to create !
What's the difference between Artist and Crafter to you? Which are you?
Once again for me I sum this topic up as many things I’ve found in life.
There’s the drummers in life, these are the people who own a drum & know how to play it. When gathered with other musians they can create beautiful music.
There are those who don’t own a drum can’t carry a tune but enjoy & appreciate the music made by others.
Then there are the ones who think they know & can do it all. (Yes we all know or have encountered @ least 1 or 2 of these people in life.) I think these are the ones who are missing out on life & themselves. Instead of following their hearts & enjoying life these people are running from drum to drum never learning how to play or enjoying what life has to offer or ever take the time to find their own God given talents.
I’d love to hear your input and views on this subject.