National Craft Month

Begun in 1994 by the Craft and Hobby Association (now Association for Creative Industries), March is National Craft Month. As I thought about this, I asked myself what is the difference between art and craft? Turns out there are several answers. The Difference Between website says, “Art is a form of work that is the expression of emotions. Craft is a form of work, which results in a tangible output, for example, moulding and carving.” Another definition I read is that craft is more traditionally women’s works, which were considered less valuable. And yet another said that art creates a decorative object which is not to be touched, while craft creates useful items. And that seems to me to be a good definition – crafts are designed to be used. Does that make them less creative or less beautiful than what we traditionally consider “art?” No.

Crafts run the gamut from professional work such as fancy woodworking to hobbies. My own personal craft is crocheting. I love making things for gifts or useful items like hats for our clients at the food pantry. I have friends who knit, scrapbook, paint, make jewelry. I have others who do what you might not consider traditional crafts such as being able to put things together to make a welcoming and beautiful room, or putting ingredients together to make an amazing meal, or who write music – most people are creative in some way.

So let your creativity show this month in whatever way suits you best. Or find a craftsperson and buy something unique and handmade. Enjoy!


Quotes about craft & crafts

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.–Ernest Hemingway

The life so short, the craft so long to learn.–Hippocrates

It is not enough to know your craft – you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more.–Edouard Manet

Crafts make us feel rooted, give us a sense of belonging and connect us with our history. Our ancestors used to create these crafts out of necessity, and now we do them for fun, to make money and to express ourselves.–Phyllis George

Other kids did drugs; I did crafts. I never knew where I fit in.–Kathie Lee Gifford

I think a craft becomes an art form when the space of possible solutions becomes so huge that engineering can’t carry you through.–Bill Budge

Far from wishing to awaken the artist in the pupil prematurely, the teacher considers it his first task to make him a skilled artisan with sovereign control of his craft.–Eugen Herrigel

Craft is part of the creative process.–Gavin Bryars

Maybe in past years, perhaps women didn’t feel quite as comfortable with revealing themselves, and their skills and their crafts… and now we are, so we’re out there, just like the guys.–Chantal Kreviazuk

Writing is a craft not an art.–William Zinsser

Making a book is a craft, like making a clock; it needs more than native wit to be an author.–Jean de la Bruyere

Compared to industry in Europe or Japan, where industry was based on a craft tradition, we are sadly behind.–Arthur Erickson

I like doing arts and crafts, so I would probably go to one of those fun little ceramic places and go paint some plates and do something fun like that–Christina Milian

Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and to turn on your creativity. There’s a light inside of you.–Judith Jamison

I’ve always remembered something Sanford Meisner, my acting teacher, told us. When you create a character, it’s like making a chair, except instead of making something out of wood, you make it out of yourself. That’s the actor’s craft – using yourself to create a character.–Robert Duval

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