Saturday, January 15, 2011

Arts and Crafts – The Opening…

For starters, Let’s get done with the basic definitions.

What is an Art?
According to the Thesaraus, an art is “creation meant to communicate or appeal to senses or mind”

According to Wikipedia, “Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging symbolic elements in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses, emotions, and intellect. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations, and modes of expression, including music, literature, film, photography, sculpture, and paintings. The meaning of art is explored in a branch of philosophy known as aesthetics, and even disciplines such as history and psychoanalysis analyze its relationship with humans and generations.” [Src: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art ]

What is a Craft?
According to the Thesaraus, a craft is “expertise / skill”

According to Wikipedia, “A craft is a branch of profession that requires some particular kind of skilled work.” [Src: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craft ]

Don’t think for a minute if you don’t paint, sketch or are a connoisseur of fine art, you are not an artist
Don’t think for a minute that if you don’t make puppets or sculptures or pots, you are not a craftsman

In my view,
If you can prepare the white round soft fluffy idli
If you can make the perfect dosa which is golden brown and round [Yes! Dosas will still stay on the top of my list :)]
If you can make the perfect roti which is round and fluffed just right
If you can make the perfect paratha with the right amount of stuffing and cooked just right
If you can cut vegetables to perfection - all uniform and just the right size

And yes, for the IT folks (I don’t mean to ignore you…)

If you can create the ever-so-complete architecture (which is scalable & blah blah blah..)
If you can come up with the most comprehensive design
If you can write the best possible code
If you can draft the most comprehensive test cases
If you can come up with the most effective project plan

Then you are an artist. Then you are a craftsman.

Because there is knowledge, technique and artistry / craftsmanship required to do these.

And if you thought that I am not going to be writing how to do these, then you are probably wrong.

I am still going to be writing about Arts and Crafts, but mostly to introduce and create awareness to many of these art and craft forms which have been a part of my life for the past several years.

And I realized that I have been personally enjoyed learning many of these art forms and indulging in these crafts. Also, I have been closely associated with several individuals who have achieved mastery on several of these arts and crafts much to my amazement. Simply by repeated practice they have achieved perfection over a period of time.

So watch me on this space as I write about Arts and Crafts…

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