Arts and Crafts
What are “arts and crafts“? Generally, the term “arts and crafts” refers to handmade products that have been individually designed with the intention of creating a work of art or a decoration. People devote themselves to arts and crafts as artisans and craftsmen, i.e., those who make a living producing and selling handmade objects, as well as countless amateurs who do so only for their own enjoyment. Of course, there may also be a hidden benefit if you can make your own gifts instead of having to buy them. Arts and crafts are deeply rooted in regional and ethnic cultures, so the details of what kinds of objects constitute crafts vary greatly around the world.
How long have arts and crafts existed?
The origin of arts and crafts is found in simple barter transactions; skilled craftsmen and craftsmen would trade their skills for sustenance. Artisans and craftsmen would pass on their knowledge to the next generation through an apprentice – a help that grew with the craftsman for the sole purpose of learning his trade. Among the artisans who passed on their knowledge in this way are blacksmiths, glass blowers, weavers and blacksmiths.
Of course, all this changed with the industrial revolution. Many of the craft pieces that were once made by craftsmen and craftswomen can now be produced at low cost and in large quantities. As a result, art and craftsmanship as a widespread profession quickly became extinct; individual artisans and craftsmen could not compete with industrial efficiency. Today, people who specialize in ancient commodities, such as glass blowing or weaving, are rare and often create high-priced items in contrast to their utilitarian ancestors. In the end, art and crafts are mainly made up of amateurs and small traders.
How are arts and crafts found?
Arts and crafts are generally not difficult to locate. Artisans often participate in arts and crafts fairs to have the opportunity to sell their products, and allow buyers the opportunity to browse and buy from a variety of different types of arts and crafts.
Festivals and fairs are good places to look for crafts. Many suppliers rent stands at these events to reach a wider audience. In addition to shows and fairs, in most metropolitan areas it is also easy to find permanent craft malls. Frequently, these malls include a collection of semi-permanent cabins rented by multiple artisans and craftsmen.
Of course, if the buyer knows exactly the type of item he or she is looking for, the Internet can be a great resource for finding the perfect arts and crafts item. More and more artisans publish their products online with the ability to view photos and read descriptions of their unique products. However, while online retail sales have taken off in other industries, craft buyers generally like the experience of finding and seeing unique products in person, which has slowed their adoption in this area.
Art” and “Handicrafts”.
Art generally refers to fine arts, such as glass creations, paintings and sculptures. The people behind the creation of these objects have received formal training in art schools or have studied art through other programs. These art objects are often expensive.
On the other hand, craftwork is often considered to be of a smaller scale, or colloquially known as “basic” in its creation. Those who create crafts generally do so on the basis of knowledge transmitted without any formal education. This, of course, does not mean that they are less talented than artists. Arts and crafts” is then the fusion of these two creative trends: basic objects made by craftsmen and highly skilled craftsmen.
The most common craft objects
As mentioned above, there are literally countless variations and iterations of art and craft objects in the world. However, most arts and crafts can be classified into a few basic categories: handmade jewellery, ceramics, woodwork, metallurgy and sculpture are some of the basic categories in which most arts and crafts can be assembled. Other common types of crafts include cross stitch, weaving, crochet, knitting, embroidery, patchwork, quilting, macramé and others. The most common types are ceramics, wood, metal, embroidery and textiles, and glass work. Others are based on paper and paper products, including scrapbooks, calligraphy, collages, papier-mâché and origami.
How do you find other craft collectors?
There are a number of national, regional and local arts and crafts organizations that can provide both artisans and collectors with a place where they can establish contacts and acquire a sense of community. Examples of popular organizations include the American Sewing Guild, the Arts & Crafts Society, the Black Crafters Guild, the Home Sewing Association, the National Art Materials Trade Association, the Canadian Craft & Hobby Association, the American Quilter’s Society, the Craft & Hobby Association (United States).