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Targeted editing of "Craft" article[edit]

Hello, craft editors! I am faculty for the MA in Critical Craft Studies program at Warren Wilson College. On Jan. 12, I will be leading a group of students and faculty in a targeted editing session for the Craft article. We aim to add citations and to expand the scope of craft history on the page from European-centered to a more global view. If any editors would like to participate, or to collaborate on further edits, please reach out to me! Dilettante Army (talk) 21:44, 9 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


So is there anything in particular that jumps to mind to anyone that would be useful to have in regards to knitting-related images? Because I'm a knitter and can upload something if it's helpful.

Also, I noticed that we don't have an article about Double pointed needles. That's one of the first gaps in coverage that immediately comes to mind. I tried to write an article about it earlier, but I didn't end up publishing anything because I had a hard time accessing sources that would be useful in an encyopedic article about it. Clovermoss (talk) 00:45, 27 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

experience from researching Mormon material folklore[edit]

  • Hi WikiProject Craft, I'm not currently working on a page related to our project (although the Kelmscott Press page I've been working on is related to the decorative arts), but I wanted to comment about some of the research I did for Mormon folklore. There's a section for "Material objects" that includes quilting. The "Regional Style in Quilt Design" article there was helpful and could be a good jumping-off point for other people interested in research on regional quilting styles (e-mail me if you need me to send you the article text).
  • Some of the photos there I took at a handicraft fair, where handmade objects were for sale. I think that clothing and toy objects made for public consumption technically qualify as "use objects" and are not under copyright. This evaluation is subjective though. With the quilts, I think I used images that were already uploaded by their creators, because I believe a quilt made with an original design in a quilt show would qualify as a work of art (and therefore be under copyright). Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 15:27, 29 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikidata sister project[edit]

I'd like to share d:Wikidata:WikiProject Applied arts, started last month by User:Jane023, which encompasses both craft and the larger field of applied arts.--Pharos (talk) 18:00, 9 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks! Part of the challenge is naming things that are stored in applied arts collections under different terms. Things like tapestries and table service are fairly under control, but when it comes to random decorative objects there's a lot of overlap and some decisions should be made how to P31 them. Jane (talk) 19:39, 9 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Embroiderer Therese Mirani[edit]

Hello friends, I wondered if someone who knows about embroidery techniques and/or lace could just check my wording for the article on textile artist and teacher Therese Mirani? Many thanks Lajmmoore (talk) 21:13, 2 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Help with correct terminology[edit]


I created this file at Commons. I am not at all sure if the "wicker" in description is correct, as I don't really know much about craft, and the correct English terminology. (And I don't speak Vietnamese to ask :D)

It's in Mekong Delta in Vietnam, in a traditional kiln (which is unrelated).

If you have time to help/check, I would be helpful. --- Running 05:11, 18 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi Running. I'm not really sure if you can define braided ropes of grass as "wicker" either. People at the talk page for Wicker might have more insight. Good luck! Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 17:46, 24 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Terminology: Ceramist vs Potter ??[edit]

Dear WikiProject Craft, I've been working on the article for Thomas Commeraw and I noticed both w:Category:American ceramists and w:Category:American potters categories exists. Is there a difference between being a ceramist and being a potter (occupation)? Thank you for any clarity you can provide --Wil540 art (talk) 04:36, 28 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is also ceramicist, preferred to ceramist in British English. Ceramist tends to be used for those making art, craft or studio pottery, but the terms largely cover the same ground. Most countries have both categories, with little discernable reason for people being in one or the other (or both), except ceramist is prefered by native speakers of the Latin languages. There was a discussion about this somewhere not long ago. Johnbod (talk) 04:46, 28 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Is this what you're thinking of, Johnbod? I noted there that "ceramist" is absent from Lexico – both its American and British English dictionaries. I also see that Collins gives "ceramist" as American English. "Ceramicist" continues to look like an area of WP:COMMONALITY; Merriam-Webster notes it as a variant of "ceramist". Ham II (talk) 15:47, 1 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, indeed - thanks! On my own talk page too! Johnbod (talk) 15:53, 1 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Potter is a subclass of ceramicist (or ceramist). All potters are ceramicists, but not all ceramicists are potters. Note that porcelain is distinct from pottery but both are ceramic ware. Vexations (talk) 20:44, 28 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This is sort-of-true, but not exactly. Porcelain is pottery too. Ceramic sculptures are not pottery, whether in terracotta or porcelain. Johnbod (talk) 22:12, 28 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Örnek design - Ukraine[edit]

Hello all, I started a list of Ukraine' inscribed UNESCO intangible cultural heritage, but I've been struggling to find an image of Örnek design and embroidery. Does anyone here have more knowledge than I do, to make a search? Many thanks if you do! Lajmmoore (talk) 09:19, 3 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Related edit-a-thon[edit]

Hi WikiProject Craft, We hope editors from this awesome group can join us 30 March 2023 for an edit-a-thon focused on women of color in American Craft, specifically those artists featured in the 50th anniversary exhibit at the Renwick Gallery (Washington, DC). Thanks to this group and others interested in these artists, most of the artists on our list have already have articles, many of which were created in the last three months. We hope participants will enjoy creating articles for the remaining few who don't have ones and improving existing articles. Hope to see you all there! Sonoet2 (talk) 16:06, 13 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

UPDATE: We had a great event -- thanks to those of you who attended. Feel free to continue improving these articles, as some "stub" level articles may be in danger of deletion:

Project-independent quality assessments[edit]

Quality assessments by Wikipedia editors rate articles in terms of completeness, organization, prose quality, sourcing, etc. Most wikiprojects follow the general guidelines at Wikipedia:Content assessment, but some have specialized assessment guidelines. A recent Village pump proposal was approved and has been implemented to add a |class= parameter to {{WikiProject banner shell}}, which can display a general quality assessment for an article, and to let project banner templates "inherit" this assessment.

No action is required if your wikiproject follows the standard assessment approach. Over time, quality assessments will be migrated up to {{WikiProject banner shell}}, and your project banner will automatically "inherit" any changes to the general assessments for the purpose of assigning categories.

However, if your project has decided to "opt out" and follow a non-standard quality assessment approach, all you have to do is modify your wikiproject banner template to pass {{WPBannerMeta}} a new |QUALITY_CRITERIA=custom parameter. If this is done, changes to the general quality assessment will be ignored, and your project-level assessment will be displayed and used to create categories, as at present. Aymatth2 (talk) 13:52, 10 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]