This week we looked at the relationship between art and craft, trying to distinguish what separates the two concepts but also what ties them together.
“Art is often described as unstructured and open ended. It has no limitations of expression, just like in painting. Craft, on the other hand, is structured, which means that it has a certain form that is visible” (Difference Between, 2017).
My understanding of art and craft comes from my knowledge that craft is a skill learned and developed, whereas art is an expression of thought and emotion. When they come together I see art as the final presentation of what has been made and craft as the process of how it’s been made, linking to the research behind the craft that may have been used to further the skill and knowledge.
“Art is a result of a person’s innate talents whereas skill in craft can be acquired with experience” (Difference Between, 2017).
With this in mind, we were split into groups of 4-5 and asked to create a venn diagram, using craft, research, and art together and seeing where they interlinked. Using examples from last semesters MEDA 301 final project, we highlighted how our project fit into the venn diagram of craft, research, and art.
We established that our piece used research as a starting point to our project and its direction. Then using our combined skills (craft) we put these together to create a piece which we presented as art. Our art could have been made stronger if our process of research into our craft and the techniques had been further explored and experimented with.
After looking at work we had created we looked into our practices, ours being marketing. We established that not all marketing using all 3 concepts, however, marketing relating to social marketing and viral marketing could hit the trifecta of research, craft, and art. Banksy is a great example of how research and craft have come together to create art with an expression of political issues as well as encompassing marketing into the process.
We also looked into the Adobe creative day which used the new Adobe photoshopping tools to create live art.
This bridge into technologies being used lead us to incorporate technology into our venn diagrams. Creating an understanding of all four concepts. We quickly established that though research can be used to understand and help gain and develop a skill (craft), technology can be seen as a craft itself. The craft of how you use the technology. We also established that at a very basic level technology can be art as it is often used to present artworks.
The relationship between art, craft, research, and technology may be easier to find than trying to separate each element.
Difference Between, 2017, Difference Between Art and Craft, viewed 25 July 2017, <http://www.differencebetween.net/miscellaneous/difference-between-art-and-craft/#ixzz4nomeVDit>