on the art of being a crafter…

i started this post a while ago, but never finished it.  it’s been sitting in my “drafts” folder for over a month.

a question recently came up in the artfire forums about how people felt about being called a crafter…  so i decided to finish it.

from merriam-webster

craft   noun   \ˈkraft\  –  (1) skill in planning, making, or executing : dexterity (2) an occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or artistic skill <the carpenter’s craft> <the craft of writing plays> <crafts such as pottery, carpentry, and sewing>

so…  given that, by its very definition, a “craft” requires skill and dexterity, why is anything that falls under that category so often put down?
 
why is it that someone will see a person knitting or hear that they’re going scrapbooking, and say (with that slightly superior tone), “i don’t have time for that.”
 
fine.  you don’t choose to do this with your time.  i do. 
 
you play frisbee golf in your free time.  i don’t.  i don’t put you down for that.  i’m sure it’s really fun – for you. 
 
we all have different things we enjoy.  and we make time for them. 
 
(i won’t even go into my whole rant about how traditionally women’s arts and skills are perceived as “less than” traditionally men’s arts and skills – how somehow woodworking is more of a skill than crocheting just because more men do one and more women do the other…)
 
i think they’re just jealous… 
 
 i proudly call myself a crafter!
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2 thoughts on “on the art of being a crafter…

  1. I think men, in general, are jealous about many things that women do because, for the most part, they don’t have an inkling of a clue how to even begin one of the myriad projects we undertake AND successfully complete, which then adds to their overall insecurity even more. As in many situations like this, unfortunately, it’s somehow easier to mock and ridicule than encourage and appreciate.

    • oddly, i get more comments from women. it’s like i’m not “enlightened” enough to know that i don’t “have” to do “women’s work” anymore…

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