I love block of the month quilts because usually they offer a new skill each month and I've been wanting to tighten up my traditional quilt making skills anyways. PLUS it will be a nice quilt to get on my frame for the long winter ahead.
Still it brought to mind the debate of Craft VS Art. I mean, really am I a crafting quilter or an artist whose medium is fabric. And really what is Craft? What is Art?
- structured, definite form
- duplicatable forms
- born from the mind and practical need
- uses distinct practiced skill sets
- appeals to viewer on a practical level
|Mary Stori's Perfect Your Hand Quilting|
- Unstructured and open ended
- No definite form,
- Based in emotion and a need for expression
- uses innate and learned skills
- appeals to the viewer on an emotional level
Just by looking at the characteristics of both you can see where quilts and quilters find themselves in the grey world between the two. Quilts are practical and structured. They are also pieces that are born on emotions and can speak to the viewer on a very visceral level.
So I thought for a long while now I've been exploring the emotional artist side of my quilting. I thought it time to get back to the very practical side and practice the craft of it. One could debate this until the last stitch is set. But honestly, I'm just thankful that I've found a passion for a creative form that has the best of both world - the Art and the Craft.