Art and craft. Two things that different cultures and societies hold close to their hearts. While art can simply be defined as something aesthetically pleasing, it’s also an expression of the artist’s skill, emotions, and ideas from one person to another. On the other hand, craft is defined as a particular profession or trade requiring special skill in making things by hand. While art can be considered as a form of expression, craft is typically something created for practical purposes such as creating objects and buildings.
One thing differentiates the two: time. Art exists in real-time where it’s intended to be appreciated by an audience on its own merit, whereas craft is necessarily measured in time, i.e. the time it takes to create it, regardless of whether or not an audience is present while its being made.
However, thanks to technological advancements in our modern era, some artists are taking away this distinction between art and craft by blurring the lines of how we define each one. More so than ever before, artists are using technology as their medium to create art. And because technology is always evolving, the forms of artwork that can be created are becoming more complex and detailed as time passes along.
This begs the question: what is an artist’s medium nowadays? With the advent of computing technologies like laptops, tablets, and smartphones, not to mention software like Photoshop and Illustrator, the possibilities of what and how an artist can create has become limitless. But even before computers were created, artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Katsushika Hokusai took their pencils and brushes to paper to make art that we can appreciate till this day.
The craftsman makes; the artist creates. The former measures in time while the latter measures in beauty. This is keeping with the traditions of the olden times, where art and craft were given equal value as a form of expression. In today’s modern age, artists are taking advantage of the limitless capabilities that technology provides to create works that have never been seen before.
In other words, just because someone possesses artistic skill doesn’t necessarily mean they can craft a piece of art. But don’t be deceived by the two terms, for at the end of the day, it’s all just a matter of opinion.