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nuit93

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #225 on: July 01, 2013, 10:53:00 AM »
This thread reminds me of a story I read in a magazine.  This couple were at a craft show and at one booth, they snarked about how they could make the same things.  Until they saw a sign that reads "Sure you can make it.  But will you?"

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #226 on: July 01, 2013, 11:22:41 AM »
This thread reminds me of a story I read in a magazine.  This couple were at a craft show and at one booth, they snarked about how they could make the same things.  Until they saw a sign that reads "Sure you can make it.  But will you?"

I've been to a couple of craft shows where the woodworking items were of lower quality than stuff I could make (and in some cases had made) on my own, but I always keep those opinions to myself. I'd rather the crafter keep working and get better than get discouraged and give up.

But I do have this dilemma at grocery stores. I see cookies that look good but immediately think, "I can make better at home myself," and don't buy the goodies. And I can make better at home, but I rarely do, but I guess I'm better off that way because it keeps my weight under control.  ::) 

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #227 on: July 01, 2013, 01:51:28 PM »
This thread reminds me of a story I read in a magazine.  This couple were at a craft show and at one booth, they snarked about how they could make the same things.  Until they saw a sign that reads "Sure you can make it.  But will you?"

Another true story remembered from a mailing list.

To paraphrase, the poster had a booth at a craft show.  Cheap Customer kept looking at something and decided NOT to buy it but to get her friend, Betty, to look at it so Betty could make her one for just the cost of materials, because Betty was crafty.

Next year, Cheap Customer came back (when the woman spent hours every day for three days hanging around her booth, handling things but not buying them - the poster recognized her).

She dragged Betty over to look at something that she wanted for "just the cost of materials" again.

Betty told her in no uncertain terms to BUY herself the danged thing already, it had taken Betty three attempts at several hours each to get ONE good enough for Cheap Customer to actually pay her for the materials and she still had the other two sitting in her craft room, because she was trying to decide what to do with them.....and Betty was not going to make any more things for Cheap Customer.  It was too much work!

Let sleeping dragons be.......morning breath......need I explain?

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #228 on: July 01, 2013, 02:34:59 PM »
This thread reminds me of a story I read in a magazine.  This couple were at a craft show and at one booth, they snarked about how they could make the same things.  Until they saw a sign that reads "Sure you can make it.  But will you?"

I have seen this sign at a few craft booths over the years.   :)  I think my mom needs to carry one with her to remind herself that while she is crafty and talented and could actually make the thing herself, she will just end up investing money in the materials, try it a few times, maybe get one or two good results, and then move on to the next thing that catches her eye.  It will never be her calling to do one craft full-time (hers is the home of a million WIPs), regardless of her initial enthusiasm.

She once talked me into buying three pretty but simple padded quilt squares with a ribbon design with the hopes that I would recreate these myself for upcoming holiday gifts.  10 years later, I still have those quilt squares and have never been inspired to make new ones.  I wouldn't make one-to-one duplicates at any rate, when it comes to crafting I think inspiration is one thing but imitation is not flattering at all.

That said, I'm much more likely to buy a craft that I know I could never master (e.g. jewelry with intricate wire work) than something I could make myself (any simple knit item), even if I never did.

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #229 on: July 01, 2013, 02:42:40 PM »
That said, I'm much more likely to buy a craft that I know I could never master (e.g. jewelry with intricate wire work) than something I could make myself (any simple knit item), even if I never did.

POD to this. I don't have the time, money, or steady hands required to do jewelry work. I've seen those jewelry saws, I'm more likely to lose bits and bobs of myself than make anything worthwhile. I tried setting up a beadworking studio, but I don't have a kiln to anneal the beads, so I couldn't sell them if I wanted to, and they're not that great to begin with. I don't have the time to go out to where my studio is and practice. If I see some really neat lampwork beads and I want to use them for something, I'm much more likely to buy them than try to recreate them, it'll only end badly for me.

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #230 on: July 01, 2013, 03:02:33 PM »
This thread reminds me of a story I read in a magazine.  This couple were at a craft show and at one booth, they snarked about how they could make the same things.  Until they saw a sign that reads "Sure you can make it.  But will you?"

I've bought things I could probably make, if I really wanted to, but honestly with some stuff I'd rather pay someone else to do it for me. I've bought jewelry before from other metalsmiths because I like their style. I'd rather pay the original artist than replicate it.

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #231 on: July 01, 2013, 07:59:12 PM »
This thread has inspired me to have a go at quiting.

I will let you know in a week or so if I am grateful for that inspiration.   >:D
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #232 on: July 01, 2013, 08:10:22 PM »
This thread has inspired me to have a go at quiting.

I will let you know in a week or so if I am grateful for that inspiration.   >:D

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #233 on: July 01, 2013, 08:23:53 PM »
This thread has inspired me to have a go at quiting.

I will let you know in a week or so if I am grateful for that inspiration.   >:D

Sure you can quit. But will you ?

 >:D

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #234 on: July 02, 2013, 03:52:25 AM »
This thread has inspired me to have a go at quiting.

I will let you know in a week or so if I am grateful for that inspiration.   >:D

Sure you can quit. But will you ?

 >:D

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #235 on: July 02, 2013, 06:54:55 AM »
This thread has inspired me to have a go at quiting.

I will let you know in a week or so if I am grateful for that inspiration.   >:D

Sure you can quit. But will you ?

 >:D

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #236 on: July 02, 2013, 08:57:08 AM »
My mom is very talented at crafts, and when I was a kid, she would sometimes go to craft shows and see something she liked, and buy one of them.  Then she'd made a whole bunch to pass out at work, or have my Girl Scout troop make as a craft, things like that.  She did always buy one, though, both to give her a model and to pay the craft for her work.  These would always be simple, basic things, though, like a wooden spool reindeer, or a little felt Christmas tree ornament, or whatever.  Not things like quilts!
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #237 on: July 02, 2013, 09:11:41 AM »
A problem I see is that some people hear the word 'crafts' and automatically think of elbow macaroni and Elmer's Glue-All.  They don't take the 'Arts & Crafts' movement into consideration.

Years ago, the museum showed a gorgeous installation of glass work designed by Dale Chiluly.  You wouldn't believe the flack it got from some segments of the museum community. 

'That isn't art!  It doesn't have a message!  It's just craft!'

True, there was no political or social comment in the installation but everyone who walked through the front door smiled when they saw it.  Isn't that a good enough message to send? 

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #238 on: July 02, 2013, 09:21:12 AM »
A problem I see is that some people hear the word 'crafts' and automatically think of elbow macaroni and Elmer's Glue-All.  They don't take the 'Arts & Crafts' movement into consideration.

Years ago, the museum showed a gorgeous installation of glass work designed by Dale Chiluly.  You wouldn't believe the flack it got from some segments of the museum community. 

'That isn't art!  It doesn't have a message!  It's just craft!'

True, there was no political or social comment in the installation but everyone who walked through the front door smiled when they saw it.  Isn't that a good enough message to send?

I just saw one of his exhibits in Richmond in Dec. All I can say is WOW!  I'm just sorry I took the "no camera" rule so seriously; apparently you could take them, if you didn't use a flash. I was floored; his stuff is so amazing, and it IS most certainly art!

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #239 on: July 02, 2013, 10:00:39 AM »
A problem I see is that some people hear the word 'crafts' and automatically think of elbow macaroni and Elmer's Glue-All.  They don't take the 'Arts & Crafts' movement into consideration.

Years ago, the museum showed a gorgeous installation of glass work designed by Dale Chiluly.  You wouldn't believe the flack it got from some segments of the museum community. 

'That isn't art!  It doesn't have a message!  It's just craft!'

True, there was no political or social comment in the installation but everyone who walked through the front door smiled when they saw it.  Isn't that a good enough message to send?

My response to that:
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    Calvin: People always make the mistake of thinking art is created for them. But really, art is a private language for sophisticates to congratulate themselves on their superiority to the rest of the world. As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.
    Hobbes: You misspelled Weltanschauung.

I absolutely despise people who think that something isn't "art," unless it's fraught with deep meaning. As Calvin says, it's just a way for them to congratulate themselves on their supposed superiority.

The irony is that even the most beautiful paintings in the world require far more of what these people would call "craft" than "art." The Mona Lisa wouldn't be nearly as beautiful if Davinci hadn't mastered the craft of painting. Someone can have the most wonderful ideas, full of meaning, but if they lack the craft, those ideas will never see the light of day.
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