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  • What is a craft?

    I am just wondering what the definition of a craft is. My pop-up dictionary says:

    Noun: craft
    1. The skilled practice of a practical occupation
    2. A vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer*space
    3. People who perform a particular kind*of skilled workm e.g. "he represented the craft of brewers"
    4. Skill in an occupation or trade
    5. Shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

    Verb: craft
    1. Make by*hand and with much skill e.g. "The artisan crafted a complicated tool"
    Do we instinctively know we mean something produced in the home, some old creative skill, using natural materials perhaps?

    I am learning photography. Is that a craft?

    What does it mean to you?


  • #2
    I think the definition of craft is when you can turn something plain/mundane into something beautiful. For example wool into a gorgeous jumper or a plain canvas into art. I don't think that it has to necessarily be about skill - it can be about vision too - seeing the potential in an object. Thats only my opinion and I'm sure someone else will be along soon to offer theirs!
    Just re-reading that - it makes me sound all philosophical!!! And partially as if I know what I'm talking about!
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    • #3
      I agree.....

      with Swirly....and yes, photography is an art.

      My daughter is almost 17 and is doing a Photography A Level at college. I'm always amazed when looking at her pictures. She captures people, emotions, situations, weather conditions etc etc with a deep understanding of her subject.

      Anyone who can do that, or as Swirly says, turning the mundane into the beautiful, and producing something that makes another person joyous or happy or whatever is a true craftsman.....

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