What's your thought on art versus craft? Does the term art only apply to paintings and drawings, etc.? Does it make a difference if the artist is self taught or does the artist need a formal education in art?
When does jewelry become art? Is it only art if the artist melts down the metal to make the necklace? If the necklace is made of beads, is it art if you make the beads from scratch or is it never art?
The questions are endless when this topic comes up. Is it a fair comment that paintings are art and photography is not? If not, why would someone go up to a photographer at an opening and say, "You shouldn't have won third place. Photography isn't art."
Now, my mother taught me manners enough to know that the speaker had limited social skills to act so crassly, but if people think that only certain media qualify as art, shouldn't we be given a rule book to say what amount of blood, sweat and tears must go into a piece before it's considered art.
And what about weaving. It is only art when you spin the yarn yourself? Or do you have to raise the sheep as well?
I think I have questioned myself into a corner. I just started thinking about the definition of art and the definition of craft. That led to the question of why one is considered higher class than the other.
If any of you have thoughts on this... feel free to comment. I'd love to quiet the discussion going on in my head.