Sunday, March 07, 2010

Deocrative Arts?

made by an abolitionist

Wonder why this is listed as "decorative"arts and not textile arts? It's no more decorative than the Bayeux Tapestry. According to the wiki entry it means, "traditional term for a number of arts and crafts for the making of ornamental and functional works." This piece doesn't seem to really fit with purely ornamental or functional.

Just pondering this fine Sunday morning.

Happy Flower with strip of reverse painted plastic made by moi
Have a GREAT day


megan said...

As a potter who went to art school, there was always the arts/craft debate- functional vs decorative etc. I don't think there is any good answer.

Bill Evertson said...

It's probably to much to ask but it does seem long overdue to refine our categories. Personally, almost all art is decorative; not to say it isn't good,but truly fine art stops us in our mind's tracks and shakes us up. As such it could be made out of textiles or anything else the artist chooses to use.

JafaBrit's Art said...

I do think megan there are times when it crosses the line, such as the highlighted textile piece that is political in nature and neither serves as a decorative piece or a functional one. But for sure there is a fine line.

Bill, I do think it's time some categories were refined.