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  • Craft - only do it if it serves a purpose. don't be wasteful.

    I don't think that it is right when people create crafts that are wasteful and serve no purpose. I see a lot of craft that is really create and resouceful and creates something useful and interesting out of something that would otherwise be waste - for example, i saw someone who had made drinking glasses out of old corona beer bottles (using a class cutter and sandpaper). this is cool - and resourceful.

    However, I disagree with all the craft that is just making ugly felt things for no particular purpose. Etsy is full of people trying to sell their wares...and I think a lot of it is nonsense.

    I occassionaly blog a bit about this as well - just making fun of some of the silly things that i see and sharing my thoughts about craft in general. please feel free to read or comment on my blog or to comment on this post with any thoughts that you have.

    My blog is here: http://anti-craft.blogspot.com/

    let me know what your thoughts on the subject are.
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    Crafting is about self expression , much like catwalk fashion and sometimes like catwalk fashion people push the boundaries.
    Doesn't mean we have to like it , but I do always appreciate the work that has gone into a piece and would never belittle somebodies work to their face or to the general public

    not everything in life has too be practical there is always room for fripparies
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    • #3
      As someone who has been teaching various groups for about 16 years, I think something has to be said about process rather than finished product.

      I've taught all sorts of things - including crafts - to young offenders who were extremely proud of something that had no apparent useful purpose. However, the process of concentrating long enough to complete a project was an achievement in itself - and often led onto a higher level learning and achievement. They also made items to be sold in a charity shop, made cards and cushions, etc, for girlfriends, mums and children. But mainly, the whole thing was about enjoying learning. If someone who had a terrible experience of school can be shown that learning can be fun - and we took fun things into Literacy and Numeracy classes too - perhaps they'll achieve more later on?

      I've also taught community groups and sometimes, the activity was really important to the individual. Sometimes more so than the finished product. I am not saying a finished product isn't important - of course it is - but that it isn't always the main reason for crafting.

      Having said all that, it's fabulous to produce something from what otherwise would be thrown away. I've been interested in this since the 1970s when it was pretty unfashionable and people thought I was a complete fruitcake, especially when I made a skirt from my brother's old wide-legged pants! It eked out my pocketmoney though!
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      • #4
        There are entire buildings dedicated to unnecessery things, if it was that bad I think something would have been done about it by now.
        Isnt there a phrase that goes something like 'art has no purpose other than itself'.To me that applies to craft too.
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        • #5
          Are you a crafter yourself?
          Last edited by beadsbydesign; 18-05-2009, 09:26 AM.
          full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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          • #6
            You are, of course, entitled to your opinion but belittling peoples work because you don’t like it, does not seem to serve a purpose.
            It is easy to mock, deride and generally bring someone down ‘for fun’ but if you really feel passionately about purposeful crafting why not use your time to promote the crafts you find useful instead of jeering at those you don’t?

            I helped out at a group for the elderly for many years, mainly widows, all in need of companionship and ‘something to do with their time’. We made loads of ‘things’, some useful, some not so much but giving these people the sense of satisfaction that they can still do things, are not too old to learn or try something new, is priceless.

            There are many things which can be deemed wasteful, should you grow flowers in your garden or purely use the space for food production? There is time and space for beauty as well as functionality.
            One person’s trash is another’s treasure, it’s what makes people unique, individual and as a collective more interesting IMO.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by killercraft View Post
              I don't think that it is right when people create crafts that are wasteful and serve no purpose. I see a lot of craft that is really create and resouceful and creates something useful and interesting out of something that would otherwise be waste - for example, i saw someone who had made drinking glasses out of old corona beer bottles (using a class cutter and sandpaper). this is cool - and resourceful.
              I don't think it's right when people create BLOGS that are wasteful and serve no purpose....I see a lot of BLOGS that are interesting and informative and I enjoy spending the time reading them...this is cool and resourceful and I appreciate the time taken by the author...

              Originally posted by killercraft View Post
              However, I disagree with all the craft that is just making ugly felt things for no particular purpose. Etsy is full of people trying to sell their wares...and I think a lot of it is nonsense.
              However, I disagree with all BLOGS that are just making fun of other people's creativity and are, clearly written by people who simply have nothing better to do with their time...let alone serving any useful or creative purpose...the internet is full of self-serving, attention seeking BLOGGERS...who think that writing down their ill-informed opinions is a way to gain some kind of kudos amongst their equally ignorant friends...who, no doubt, are telling them how clever and witty they are...which is a lot of nonsense....

              Originally posted by killercraft View Post
              I occassionaly blog a bit about this as well - just making fun of some of the silly things that i see and sharing my thoughts about craft in general. please feel free to read or comment on my blog or to comment on this post with any thoughts that you have.
              I don't BLOG at all but I do sometimes like to make fun of some of the sillier people who think they have something useful to contribute when, in actual fact, they are just wasting their time and mine....

              Originally posted by killercraft View Post
              My blog is here: http://anti-craft.blogspot.com/ let me know what your thoughts on the subject are.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by killercraft View Post
                I don't think that it is right when people create crafts that are wasteful and serve no purpose.

                I disagree with all the craft that is just making ugly felt things for no particular purpose. Etsy is full of people trying to sell their wares...and I think a lot of it is nonsense.
                Surely ugliness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder? What you see as having no purpose may be just the thing someone wants for their kitchen wall!

                The real test, on etsy or similar, is whether something sells. If it does, it's obviously of value to someone.
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                • #9
                  Oh dear

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                  • #10
                    Awww whats wrong pet

                    did mummy spend all her time crafting and neglect you?
                    you can get counselling to help you with your problems

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                    • #11
                      Isn't felt recyclable anyway? And who are you to say that someone's creation isn't of use? If people buy it then that says it all doesn't it?

                      There are lot's of things I'm not into but I would never voice my opinion in such a way to belittle other people. A lot of crafters do what they do for enjoyment and that's just as important as the finished article.

                      With that kind of attitude you may as well ask, what's the point of art, galleries and museums? Oh let me think, because people evolved (a very long time ago), with this urge to create - early humans made all sorts of charms for fertility, adornments and for protection when hunting etc and paintings, they must have got some kind of enjoyment from making these things and giving them as presents to their loved ones and this has carried on throughout our history.

                      People like to express themselves in all sorts of ways, I think that should be celebrated rather than mocked!
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                      • #12
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                        • #13
                          Blimey, nine members on this thread at once....
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by woodtattoos View Post
                            Blimey, nine members on this thread at once....
                            That's cos Troll feeding is a good laugh!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by killercraft View Post
                              I don't think that it is right when people create crafts that are wasteful and serve no purpose.
                              By your very existence, you prove that all crafts serve a purpose.. if not to provide practical useful or attractive items, then to add fuel to the fire of your opinion.. without "dodgy and pointless" crafting, you wouldn't have the sources for your blog.. therefore all crafts are "fit for purpose"

                              Originally posted by killercraft View Post
                              I see a lot of craft that is really create and resouceful and creates something useful and interesting out of something that would otherwise be waste - for example, i saw someone who had made drinking glasses out of old corona beer bottles (using a class cutter and sandpaper). this is cool - and resourceful.
                              In your house maybe.. but not my cup of tea.. I do get riled by "so called" recycling to save the environment, as it is innefficient and wasteful and dishonest.. more than 50% of collected recycling glass is dumped in landfill or the sea which is ridiculous - but I have yet to see a good viable and worthwhile use for second hand glass.. and "corona beakers" wont be persuading me otherwise!!

                              Originally posted by killercraft View Post
                              However, I disagree with all the craft that is just making ugly felt things for no particular purpose. Etsy is full of people trying to sell their wares...and I think a lot of it is nonsense.
                              Oh chill out a little! they give you a giggle, and they do no harm to others.. and at the end of the day "there's no accounting for taste" - crap sells - be it craft or commercial.. things I would not "give over dark dusty cupboard space to" find pride of place in other's homes, or become things that they aspire to.. and I am sure those same folk question my views on "style" too!

                              Originally posted by killercraft View Post
                              I occassionaly blog a bit about this as well - just making fun of some of the silly things that i see and sharing my thoughts about craft in general. please feel free to read or comment on my blog or to comment on this post with any thoughts that you have.

                              My blog is here: http://anti-craft.blogspot.com/

                              let me know what your thoughts on the subject are.
                              I liked your blog, "flower fairies" did it for me, and I wish you luck with your hobby, but I would add the caution that good "humour" may be near the line, but better that it is not over the line.

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