Thursday, February 7, 2008

Losing Craft

The latest Three-Minute Egg from Crown Point Press has an interesting and thought-provoking theme. Apparently several schools and museums dedicated to teaching or exhibiting crafts have lately dropped the word "crafts" from their names (for example, in New York the former American Craft Museum is now called the Museum of Arts and Design).

Kathan Brown, who presents the Three-Minute Egg, suggests that the word "craft" is being dropped not because it is unimportant, but because it is just "a given" in the art world these days, and that craft and art are all part of one work, meaning that embroidery and prints and paintings should all be shown together and not separated out. She uses the example of artist Laura Owens, who does printmaking, and also does embroidery pieces that she has skilled craftspeople execute for her, following her designs (this rooster print is an example of her work).

If you would like to watch this Three-Minute Egg, here is the link:

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