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How Sarah Ban Breathnach Defines Creating by Artists

by Kalinda Rose Stevenson

Creating as a Laborer, Craftswoman, or Artist

As an artist I have come to know that there are
three very different layers to creation:
the labor, the craft, and the elevation.
St. Francis of Assisi explains the creative process this way:
the woman who works with her hands only is a laborer;
the woman who works with
her hands and her head is a craftswoman;
the woman who works with
her hands, her head, and her heart is an artist.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
Sarah Ban Breathnach defines three types of creation: laborers, craftsmen and craftswomen, and artists. 
Sarah Ban Breathnach Creating

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Sarah Ban Breathnach (pronounced “Bon Brannock”), is a best-selling author, philanthropist and public speaker. She is the author of thirteen books, including Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy which spent more than two years on The New York Times Best Seller list where it held the number one position for a year. To date, Simple Abundance has sold over 5 million copies and has been translated into 28 languages (Wikipedia). 

She defined three types of creators: laborers, craftswomen, and artists. 

Definitions of Creators

A laborer is a worker, especially a person who does some kind of physical work. A stone mason is a laborer, but you probably wouldn't call a poet a laborer.
In the old days, the word laborer implied an unskilled or menial worker, like a day laborer on a farm who might be hired at an hourly rate to haul rocks out of a field, or a street paver's assistant. Today, a laborer is thought of as someone who works with her hands, often outside. Laborer comes from labor, in Old French "work, exertion, or task," from the Latin laborem, "toil, exertion, or fatigue" (Vocabulary.com).
Vocabulary.com doesn't include craftswoman. A craftsman is someone whose occupation is making or repairing clocks and watches. coachbuilder. a craftsman who makes the bodies of motor vehicles. construction worker, hard hat. a worker skilled in building offices or dwellings etc.(Vocabulary.com).
An artist is someone whose life's work — or passionate hobby — focuses on some creative enterprise. If you love to paint portraits of your dog, you are an artist.
People who make films, write short stories, or build beautiful dollhouses are all artists. Doing anything that involves creativity and imagination, especially if it yields some finished project, is being an artist. Sometimes people use the word for someone who's great at what she does, or who uses extra flair or originality: "That barista is a total artist — look, she made my latte foam look like a hedgehog!" The Latin root is ars, or "art"(Vocabulary.com).


One of my own joys in life is taking pictures of nature and beautiful things, such as the picture of red roses in my friend Peggy's backyard on a day with a clear blue sky. Looking at the photo reminds me of our friendship and how much I love seeing and taking pictures of beautiful flowers. I hope you also enjoy looking at them.

About Simple Abundance

Simple Abundance is a book of evocative essays — one for every day of the year — for women who wish to live by their own lights. A woman's spirituality is often separated from her lifestyle. Simple Abundance shows you how your daily life can be an expression of your authentic self ... as you choose the tastiest vegetables from your garden, search for treasures at flea markets, establish a sacred space in your home for meditation, and follow the rhythm of the seasons and the year. 

Every day, your own true path will lead you to a happier, more fulfilling, and contented way of life. Embrace its gentle lessons, savor its sublime common sense, and dare to live its passionate truth. The authentic self is the Soul made visible.


A writer of remarkable wisdom, warmth and compassion, Sarah Ban Breathnach’s (pronounced “Bon Brannock”) has become a trusted voice to women around the world. Sarah is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy and the creator of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. Sarah’s work celebrates quiet joys, simple pleasures, and well-spent moments. By reminding us to search for the small and the sweet in our daily round with appreciation and awe, we find the beauty in the everyday. Millions of women, including Oprah Winfrey agreed and discovered unexpected contentment and solace in their own lives. Now Sarah introduces the magic of gratitude to little children and their families in her debut children’s book, The Best Part of The Day, a delightful and reassuring journey through the seasons. Sarah lives in Southern California near her daughter, Kate, and their beloved animals.

[Original Post August 8, 2014]

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