As a fiber person who sells handspun in addition to handdyed, I have quit using the term 'Art Yarn' and prefer the term 'Handspun'. It was not something I took lightly in making the conscious decision to quit using the term. Basically it was with quite a bit of soul searching that I came to the conclusion.... I don't want to be known as a fiber artist. Because, I simply am not.
What I am is a damn fine spinner and dyer with an excellent sense of color who can create a plethora of awesomely textured or sublimely smooth handspun yarns for my customers who make my pretties into gorgeous wearable/useable works of art. Seeing the beauty my customers make is why I do this! It fills me with joy and pride in knowing my hands created something that enabled them to bring their beautiful ideas, garments, and creations to life!
I don't want to be an artist. I want to be and feel that I am a craftsman (or woman). I work everyday to perfect my craft and share it with the world or at the very least those who can truly appreciate the work put into it.
Yep. I'm definitely a Craftsman.