Bending the Definitions: art versus craft

Can a quilt be considered art? The contention of “art versus craft” is hotly debated as creators seek to migrate from the unwanted label of artisan to that of artist. Unfortunately, these classifications are often handed down from higher authorities such as art critics and museums with little input from the people whose work is being categorized.

So what do you think, makers? Are quilts art or they craft?

I have put together a booklet exploring the definitions of art and craft in the context of quilts, specifically considering the exhibition of the Gee's Bend quilts in 2002. This is an important and relevant debate for us as quilters and makers, so I encourage you to sit down with a cup of tea and a biscuit to peruse and join the discussion. Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl is also opening up her blog as a platform for discussion with a fascinating interview with her father-in-law about art vs. hobby in the artistic community.

Sit down. Join in. Even if it is not right now, return when you have time, and let us know your thoughts. Can a quilt be considered art?

If you would prefer to read the booklet not in booklet form, you can find the text in the Art versus Craft tab on the blog. Happy reading.