INTRODUCTION TO CRAFT
A craft is a pastime or a profession that requires particular skills and knowledge for skilled work.
In a historical sense, the term is usually applied to people occupied in small-scale production of goods,
or their maintenance.
The traditional terms craftsman and craftswoman are nowadays often replaced by artisans.
A key feature of crafts is that they involve a high degree of "hands-on" craftsmanship (hence the
colloquial term "handicrafts) rather than just skill with a machinery.
Once an apprentice of a craft had finished his apprenticeship, he would become a journeyman searching
for a place to set up his own shop and make a living. After he set up his own shop, he could then call
himself a master of his craft.
CLASSIFICATIONS OF CRAFT
1. Textile Crafts
These include any type of craft where you work with fabric, yarn or surface design. Some examples are knitting, quilting, appliqué, weaving, Macramé, Crocheting and (dyeing. Many of these could obviously also fall into the decorative or fashion crafts categories, since the finished good is sold as a sweater or wall hanging. However, they are technically textile crafts since it all starts with the fabric.
2. Paper Crafts
Paper crafts have to do with paper! It is the use of all kinds of paper types to make and fashion all kinds of objects and pieces for decorative and functional uses. paper crafts include papier-Mache, calligraphy, greeting cards quilling, folding (ORIGAMI) etc.
3. Decorative Crafts
These includes Furniture making, metalwork, stenciling, stained glass, surface design of walls such as murals, basketry and dried flowers fall into the category of decorative crafts. This category also includes toy making.
Combining furniture-making with metalwork is a popular trend. Arts and crafts and home décor magazines showcase furniture constructed from wood but with metalwork legs or trim. The metalwork tends to be very industrial-looking but there is a good amount of ornate metalwork added in as well.
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