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All things being equal, I would prefer to call myself a crafter, because I craft things. As in, I take raw materials and I make stuff with my two hands. But when my sister recently referred to me as a crafter on Facebook, I cringed. I don’t call myself a crafter, and many other crafters eschew that term. Why is that? I guess because when I think of “crafter” it’s more a gender neutral way of saying craftsman, but when most people hear “crafter” they tend to think of someone who uses hot glue and pompons. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
I tried out “artisan” for a while, because that seems respectable and a little easier to say with confidence than “artist” which, having no formal art education, can kind of stick in my throat. It just seems to confuse people though. “Maker” is the term a lot of people use because it’s versatile and carries the same esteem as “artisan”, but it’s a little more 21st century. When people ask what I do, I tell them I’m a maker. It seems to be the most fitting description. Aside from crafter.