Here we are nearing the end of March – how did that happen?! But a conversation with a friend today made me remember that March is National Craft Month, and I didn’t want it to slip by without at least a mention.
I know there’s endless discussion about what constitutes craft and what constitutes art, and a lot of tightly-held opinions. But truthfully that end of the conversation doesn’t really interest me. When I read the following quote attributed to Ralph Reichenbach and Doug Madill, I decided they had expressed exactly what I felt, in a beautifully lucid way:
Art strives to express; craft strives for excellence. Good art has good craft, good craft is artistic. Within every craft there exists artists. Within every artist there is craft.
I like to create things. And while I really do enjoy working in a number of different media, here are some of the things I’ve been up to lately:
Journals. Personally I believe it’s impossible to have too many journals, and I keep more than my fair share of them. I’m definitely not a one-journal-fits-all-purposes kind of woman. Besides writing in them, or keeping visual documentation, I love bookbinding and creating my own journals. Here are a few of my latest:
I also enjoy beading, particularly off-loom techniques. And I like making amulet bags. Besides the joy of creating them, like journals, they serve as a holder of treasures. Maybe I should just own up to it – I like treasures.
Here are few of my bags, two of them in-process:
It makes me smile that the word crafty is defined as “skillful in underhand or evil schemes; cunning; deceitful; sly.” But there is also an obsolete usage that defines it as “skillful, ingenious, dexterous.”
That’s what I’m claiming for myself.
How about you? Are you crafty? What do you like to create? Do tell, I’d love to hear. And then we can celebrate you this before this month ends. Or maybe you’d just like to go on record as one or the other definitions of crafty. That’s something we’d probably all like to know as well.