When Does Craft Become Art

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This question has often been asked, and the boundaries between craft and art are often contested. Is it that art evokes meanings and emotions far beyond what the viewers observe, while craft remains the underlying basis of art? Or is it that a craftsperson is someone who practices their skilled craft, and an artist is someone who cares about their craft, cares how it looks, how it’s presented, if it will inspire and what is its intended purpose. Some believe craft is the use of materials for something practical that has some individuality but limited imagination. As soon as the creativity hits a higher level and the work assumes its own identity, whether it has a function or not, that is when it becomes art. In 2007 the national curriculum for education changed the scheme of work. They changed Art and design, to Art, craft and design. In the previous curriculum criteria, students had to explore the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. Therefore craft has always been in the curriculum but some felt it was over looked. By introducing it into the scheme of work more craft was introduced into schools and interlinked into industry careers. The government wanted art to be more purposeful e.g. advertising, as this is one of the economies largest incomes, therefore having young creative artists whom have associated art with purpose coming into the industry can only but benefit the economy. Some teachers debated that when art has a purpose or a function it takes away expressionism, and art is no longer an artist expressing themselves. On the other hand some embraced this change; they feared that computers with their fancy technology, pieces of art could easily be mass produced, losing the individualism. With programmes like Photoshop people could easily edit images to hide any flaws, enhance and refine, this removes the chance of feelings, emotion and happy
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