Vancouver Shows Some PDA with the Craft Pride Procession


one of Lacey Jane Robert’s works

Inspired by the work of Lacey Jane Roberts, (an artist who connected queer theory and craft very eloquently: listen here) a group of Vancouver-based artists called Textile Group want to spread the word about craft.

Textile Group wants the world to know the stigma about crafts being a ‘lesser’ type of an art-form is not true. Crafts are not just knitted socks, items constructed poorly with macaroni and Elmer’s glue or those god’s eyes you made at summer camp. The Texile Group serves to address the public’s division between art, design and craft. They recognize and celebrate all crafts, especially textile arts, as a method of art production. Art, design and craft are all equal terms, it doesn’t have to be one or the other.

The first project the Textile Group is organizing to celebrate craft is the Craft Pride Procession, scheduled for Saturday August 6, 2011 at 12pm. It is a parade beginning at Main St and East Broadway and ends with a party at MacLean Park. Anyone can join this event and bring their goods to show off!

Here is the invitation letter from their site:

HELLO!

The Textile Group would like to invite you to be involved in the first annual Craft Pride Procession, scheduled to take place Saturday August 6, 2011 in East Vancouver.

We are a small group of people newly brought together by our use of textiles in our contemporary art practices. At out first ever meeting it was apparent that we all shared a passion and concern for the ways in which we each perceive and experience the marginalization of the mediums and techniques we love and depend on for so much of our creative expression. As an affirmative act of association, re-identification and celebration, we are proposing that those who feel called come together to create a procession of craft pride with a diversity of tactics. Costumes, music, knit-bombing, banners, flags, bicycle floats, giant sculptures, interventions and workshops are all in the works. If you are interested, please contact us and/or attend a meeting to share you ideas and connect with others who want to help the visions come to life.

Meetings are scheduled every 2nd Friday – the next being FridayMay 20, at 6pm at Cutty Studios(564 Beatty st., Vancouver, BC). Info will be posted at http://craftprideprocession.blogspot.com/ and members of the textile group can be contacted attextilegroupvan@gmail.com.

Please forward this to anyone who may be interested. Allies are welcome also.

Sincerely,
the textile group

If this sounds like buckets of fun to you, then great!…maybe I will see you there?
What are your thoughts on the separation between craft and art?
What defines a crafter and what defines an artist?