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Arts and crafts comprise a whole host of activities and hobbies that are related to making things with one's own hands and skill. These can be sub-divided into handicrafts or "traditional crafts" (doing things the old way) and the rest. Some crafts have been practised for centuries, while others are modern inventions, or popularisations of crafts which were originally practiced in a very small geographic area.

Additionally, this term refers to the Arts and Crafts movement which was a design movement of the late 19th and early 20th century, whose proponents included William Morris and Edwin Lutyens. They believed that medieval craftsmen achieved a joy in the excellence of their work, which they strove to emulate.



Arts & Crafts

These activities are called crafts because originally many of them were professions under the guild system. Adolescents were apprenticed to a master-craftsman, and they refined their skills over a period of years. By the time their training was complete, they were well-equipped to set up in trade for themselves, earning their living with the skill of their hands. The Industrial Revolution and the increasing mechanisation of production processes gradually reduced or eliminated many of the roles professional craftspeople played, and today 'crafts' are most commonly seen as a form of hobby.

Most crafts require a combination of skill and talent, but they can also be learnt on a more basic level by virtually anyone. Many community centres and schools run evening or day classes and workshops offering to teach basic craft skills in a short period of time. Many of these crafts become extremely popular for brief periods of time (a few months, or a few years), spreading rapidly among the crafting population as everyone emulates the first examples.



Knitting

The first references to true knitting in Europe date in the early 14th century, the first knitted socks from Egypt might be slightly older. Knitted liturgical gloves and altar garments are some of the surviving examples of this ancient knitting. Regardless of where the craft began knitting is the textile infant. The thinking goes that knitting grew out of the knitting of fishing nets.

Different types of knitting originated in different parts of the world. From the beginning the art of knitting was an occupation for women. For this reason, knitting has received little attention from textile historians.


Crochet

No one is quite sure when and where crochet got its start. Some of the earliest evidence of crochet came from South America, where a primitive tribe was said to have used crochet adornments in the rites of puberty. It seems likely that the earliest crochet was made using fingers, rather than the hooks used today.

Originally the crochet hook was one of a number of tools used in the intricate process of lace making. In fact during the Renaissance, women crocheted several strands of thread producing fabric similar to lace. As time went on a repertoire of stitches and designs evolved, and crocheting graduated into a separate and pleasurable art. Lavish crochet emerged alongside other forms of elaborate needlework in the 19th centurey.

 

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Painting is the practice of applying pigment suspended in a carrier (or medium) and a binding agent (a glue) to a surface (support) such as paper, canvas or a wall.

Drawing is one of many ways to making an image; it is the process of making marks on a surface by applying pressure from or moving a tool on the surface. These marks may represent what the artist sees when drawing, a remembered or imagined scene or abstraction.

Sculpture is any three-dimensional form created as an artistic expression. Sculpture is primarily concerned with space: occupying it, relating to it, and influencing the perception of it.

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