What Constitutes Art?
And is knitting considered art? Artistry? A craft? Or something else? I guess this requires understanding what constitutes art.
What Constitutes Art For You?
A quick google search of this question reveals this wisdom:
Art is often considered the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations and ways of expression, including music, literature, film, sculpture and paintings.
Based on this definition, art is defined rather broadly. Knitting could easily be considered art based on this answer.
But my criteria is different. I’d define art as any deliberately created item from personally selected materials that is intended to, and results in evoking an aesthetic or emotional response.
My definition is also rather broad. And honestly, I don’t know how to exclude knitted items that I don’t really consider to be art.
For instance, if I knit a Kaffe Fassett cardigan I do not consider that art. I’m following someone else’s pattern. I might choose different colors. And I might tweak parts of the construction. But it’s still not art.
Yet, when I choose yarns and stitch patterns and design something like the Primordial Sworls Shawl, I do consider that art. There are so many knitting projects that fall in between these two. Not really sure how to distinguish them.
I guess art is really art if the maker declares it to be. Or perhaps, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart best defines art (although his quote applied to pornography)…”I know it when I see it.”
Is there any criteria for you that automatically classifies something as art?
I said I was going to put down the Primordial Sworls Shawl once I got the pattern established. But I was really enjoying knitting it.
It has that quality of “just one more row” that never stops at “one more row.”
But I did pick up the Provenance Mitts as well.
I love that this pattern has a different motif on either side of the mitts. Although it makes it a bit more interesting to post photos of the project in progress.