I have never called myself an artist, and still won't but, I'll tell you what I have learned. Art is what people make of it. You draw, paint, knit or whatever to your hearts content and whether or not people comment or even care to comment the decision is left in the viewer's eyes. That being said....just make to your heart's content and call yourself whatever it is that you want to be called or labelled. I identify as a 'knitter' and a 'maker'.
Secondly, my source for inspiration seems to have run dry. This frightens me as my knitting source has never run dry. But I guess I have been stunned. It's like I'm standing in a pile of wool and I can't see colours or patterns. So I have turned to existing projects and wrapped the wool around my fingers in that oh so familiar position that every knitter knows and I knit... Stitch by stitch, pain from loss will heal.