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Re: In defense of teaching crafts

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Maggie White (mwhite)
Sun, 02 Aug 1998 19:04:58 -0700

RWilk85411 wrote:
> I would like to take a moment to point out that teaching an art form that is
> identified as a craft does not necessarily eleminate teaching the design
> principles. The same design principles that enable us to create good paintings
> or sculptures also enable us to create good craft forms. I sometimes think we
> are way too quick to identify and vilify something as a craft. There is nothing
> wrong with the crafts until someone turns them into "monkey-see-monkey-do"
> type lessons. But those same people do that to painting also. I am amazed at
> the number of people in the visual arts who have extremely narrow ideas about
> what is art.

I agree with Reatha on how the word "crafts" is often vilified. I
think--hope--we know the difference between what I call "Krafts with a
'K' " and _real_ crafts, which are no less an art form than painting or