Lynne asked on Facebook: "Interview question: Craft v Art. Where do I stand on this age old debate? Pondering if DIY crafters diluted the word 'craft'. What are your thoughts?"
DIY crafters don't bother me, nor do the "quick", "one-hour" and "weekend" projects in magazines. If these can get one more person to participate, that's great, and who knows, one out of 30 or 50 or 200 might pick up the craft and change their life. That's where I started, and I'm still stuck there most days. Besides, I prefer to be inclusive than exclusive. Besides, I'd rather these people made things than... do less creative stuff.
On the other hand, I've read this in several blogs lately, and I understand the concern. A bit.
My first thought is when the economy improves and disposable income returns/increases, many will desert craft to fancier pursuits.
I can't forgive teachers and books/magazines that don't tell you the whole story. As in Lark Books' "Creative Weaving", which shows photos of what I believe to be cloths not wet-finished as completed scarves, particularly by such a reputable publisher of craft books as Lark. Even though I realize how far to "instruct" hobbyist/beginners is an uneasy editorial decision, or how to define "creative" in this context. (I know I blogged about this book before, but I cant' find the post.)
But more seriously, I think there comes a point where the work stand for themselves, as in Lynne's, where discerning viewers can see immediately that the maker is serious. So whatever she answers in her interview isn't going to be as flippant, or what she calls "craft' the same as, what the DYI crafter are/do.
I guess this is why I haven't pondered art vs. craft in a while; I need to raise my game fist.