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Re: Craftsman Defined

Seems to me that these definitions are unacceptable.

Lots of craft wood workers, illustrators, basketmakers, etc. are imaginative
and creative thinkers,  many are really fine artists and designers. Some of
course are not.

Lots of artists out there whose work looks completely mindless.

Art Rubino

From:   Book_Arts-L: The list for all the book arts! on behalf of John G. Henry
Sent:   Thursday, March 12, 1998 14:29 PM
To:     BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject:        Craftsman Defined

>On Wed, 11 Mar 1998, Dorothy Africa wrote:
>>   Just out of curiousity, is there a craftsperson on the list who would
>> accept this definition of craftsman??

It occurs to me that it is the mind (creativity) that divides a crafsperson
from an artist. If I were to rework the simplistic definition stated earlier
I would have to juxtapose the final two lines as follows:

 "A labourer works with hands alone.
  A craftsperson works with hands and heart.
  An artist works with hands, heart and head."

I think there are many craftspeople who produce fine work that gives them
great pleasure and they put all of themselves into the task. Add a touch of
inventiveness and creativity to those same labors and the work becomes a
piece of art and the maker, an artist.

John G. Henry - Craftsman

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