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- Subject: Re: definitions
- From: "Claudia Stall" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 29 Jun 1994 19:40:27 -0400
- Message-Id: <"J2kuj3.k.M23.L8T4l"@sul2>
On Wed, 29 Jun 1994 13:08:14 -0400,
Jeff Peachey <email@example.com> wrote:
>On Tue, 28 Jun 1994 LABN@db1.cc.rochester.edu wrote:
>> #1 What is the definition of "book", "artist's book", "fine binding",
>> and /or "book binding".
>i think establishing some sort of terms are essential to this
>discussion. call me a luddite, but i do believe there is a difference
>between art, craft, and design. i went to a panel discussion on the
>difference between art and craft a couple months ago. one panelist, i
>forget his name, made the statement that craft is a material in search of
>an idea, and art is an idea in search of a material. but of course both
>these processes go on in a craft or artistic creation.
>i guess there are also material biases that influence whether one
>considers something art or craft. an artist was making a series of
>spheres, some in cement, some in clay. her dealer told her the cement
>ones were art, and the clay were craft, and of course the art was worth
>two times as much.
>>> #2 What are the aspects of an object that make it described as a "book".
>heres the short answer via Foucualt- if it is entered into the arena of
Seems like the difference between arts and crafts is that arts imply
inventive power, capacity for perfection in execution, a high degree of
mechanical skill with subtelty and ingenuity in workmanship. Crafts differ
in that they show little or no creative capacity or ingenuity. The *one of
a kind* art image dissolves into a clever craft when copied multiple times
onto a biscuit tin. The original work remains art, the copies craft. Or so
it seems to me.
Ms. Claudia M. Stall, Head
Be kind, do good work, and touch the earth gently.