Sunday, May 6, 2012

Box #2 - Some More

I showed some of the vintage un-finished projects in Box #2 in this blogpost.

There were a few items that you might NOT classify as vintage.

But there is a word that describes these creations:

Kitsch.  

Dictionary definition of Kitsch:  "something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste"

Wikipedia adds: "The concept is associated with the deliberate use of elements that may be thought of as cultural icons.  Kitsch also refers to the types of art that are aesthetically deficient (whether or not being sentimental, glamorous, theatrical, or creative) and that make creative gestures which merely imitate the superficial appearances of art through repeated conventions and formulae."
It appears that this word has also taken a more negative connotation. 


I speak of a historical definition of this word.  And I present two pieces that demonstrate this word:


This is a pillow cover - printed onto muslin with embroidery features.  
"Content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste"
as defined above.

This is also worked onto muslin.  With yarn.

You can see the embroidery work on the hat

And here are the eyes.... KITSCH, for sure.







You can see the hard work that went into attaching this pink yarn to the muslin.  
I actually really like the flowers!








And last, but not least today, A lovely lady.



The purpose of this object?  I am not sure.  But someone took the time to make this by hand.


And she ended up in my box.  
I'll hang on to all three of these pieces for a little while!
CathyH

1 comment:

  1. Kitschy for sure. I think that last one looks like a flapper with a cloche (sp??) hat. Someone had a project in mind.

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