During my year out of the studio, I created some drawings at home, but mostly I started learning new crafts from sewing, quilting, making pom poms to rug making. Admittedly I was planning my wedding, so I was up to my ears in making bunting and lavender stuffed fabric hearts, but I did enjoy learning new skills and it has started an appreciation for all things crafty.
I saw these crochet covered trees in Kew Gardens during a recent visit. Due to the scale of the crochet, the haphazard patterns and colour combinations and the lack of twee functionality [cushions or bags etc.] you start to view the piece as art. The tree stops being part of the gardens as it becomes encompassed by colour, texture and geometry.
Can craft ascend into art? Does the very materials and process of making craft confine it to a stereotype of all things retro, vintage and homemade? I don't think so, craft is looked down upon as the less worthy creations to call itself an art form. However, whether you use a paint brush or knitting needle, if if it is without function it can be art.