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Artisan Crafts and all that jazz
PasserbyeI am much older than you.in Beach CityRegistered Userregular
I did a cursory look-through and haven't found any thread like this. If there is one, please let me know.
The point of this thread is to talk about (and show pictures of!) what artisan crafts we do, what artisan crafts we like or have always wanted to learn about, and what a distinction between artisan crafts and fine arts is, can be, should be, or whether there should even be a distinction.
So, artisan crafts, what do I mean by that? I mean hand-made items which aren't art. Yes, it's an ambiguous label. Basically I mean items which are (usually) functional and are made for the sake of quality, for the joy of the material (as opposed to the arts-and-crafts you did in kindergarten).
For example, I make chainmail jewelry and I crochet. Even though I have my BA in fine arts, specifically fiber work and small-scale metalworking, I don't consider my work to be fine art. This isn't to say that I consider fine art to be superior or inferior to artisan crafts, I just think that the intent is different in each case. Fine art focuses on conveying a message or concept, artisan crafts are solely to hone a craft, enjoy a material, etc.
Obviously there is a little blurring of the lines, but I hope I've made myself clear.
As I said, I make chainmail and I crochet (I also do quite a few other metal and fiber things, but chainmail and crochet are what I do most frequently). I've done chainmail for 6 years now and crochet for about 2. Here are some examples of my work. I "mastered" chainmail (not my words, those of my peers) and started my own business doing it before I started studying small-scale metalworking in school. I started doing crochet for a self-determined quarter curriculum.
Commission from a nun.
Random projects to play with different weaves.
A necklace I made for myself.
Collaboration from an Amber worker in the Lake Baikal region of Russia.
Crochet (Unfortunately I don't have as many photos of these since I keep giving my stuff away, and my camera had been dead for a while.)
Commissioned wrist cuff.
Close-up shot of a detail from a glasses case I made. The motif is about the size of a nickel.
Birthday present for a friend. About 5"x5".
I also really admire people who do wood working. If there are any of you here, please share!