Wow, good post. I prefer artists.

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Posted by Lauren on July 9, 2002 at 16:18:36:

In reply to: Are you an artist...? OR just someone who does henna... my history on this.LONG posted by Veronica on July 6, 2002 at 18:47:22:

I once found a terrific henna artist and was all excited to have the
chance to be decorated by her. I asked her to do a design for me and
she handed me a copy of a design book and said "pick one". I said I
wanted something from out of her head, and she replied "I'm a
craftsperson, not an artist. Pick one." Until then, I hadn't
thought that henna could be anything but an art.
For me, I CAN do the pick-one approach, but I much prefer it when
people say "I have ten dollars, here's my hand, I like flowers" and
let me play. I make a design based on the shape and texture of their
hand and something else I can't define. I was doing a bridal foot
once and I had an empty space between flowers and I put a bee, and it
turned out that "honeybee" was the groom's pet name for the woman.
You choose whether you have an art or craft. If you only copy what
has gone before, that's an honorable craft, but when the opportunity
to do real art presents itself, I always take it. Perhaps the
definition of art v/s craft is that a craft is done primarily for
earning money while art is done regardless?
(who as a craftsperson would have done a couple SpongeBob Squarepants
and band logos this weekend and have made a bit more money, but as an
artist took a few minutes to do a khamsa design on an oyster shell.)


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