Preserving Folk Art – A Challenge for the Future

Currently, most people have an interest toward modern technology and ideas. While this is great for society, it causes some problems. In fact, with modern technology, arts and music, old ideas are pushed aside. This is true for many things, and it is especially true for folk art. Luckily, with these three tips, people can preserve and appreciate folk art to the fullest.

Internet: With the Internet, people can share their strategies and plans. When going online, one can post on social media sites or create their own websiteto reach more people. With either method, one can protect Read the rest of this entry

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The Self-Taught Artist – Folk Art and Informal Instruction

From the anonymous cave dwellers who painted images on walls to the outsider artists of the modern era, folk art has played an important role in society. Since the urge to create is innate, folk art is the natural expression of that urge.

Folk artists are largely self-taught. They don’t have the benefit of a formal art education. However, their primitive imagery and nontraditional techniques are a big part of their charm. Folk artists aren’t restricted by the rules of fine art, so there’s Read the rest of this entry

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The Best Folk Life Schools in America

Naming the “best” of anything tends to be a subjective exercise. On the subject of folk life schools, based on the variety and extent of the classes offered, we might say that the following are among the best:

The Whatcom Folk School in Bellingham, Washington has more classes than we can list, but they include growing mushrooms, woodworking, welding, bow making, wine making, working with a forge, industrial sewing, animal whispering, basketry, bead making, crochet, knitting, tatting and lace making, blacksmithing, pottery, metalwork, jewelry, leather, painting, soap making, woodworking, carving, quilting, needlework and sewing, bread Read the rest of this entry

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Folk Art – Creative Junk or Expressive Art

Art is often described as a creative form of self-expression not limited to any one culture, medium or genre – it is the sincerest form of self-expression. Folk art operates along those same lines when it comes to self-expression but it is, however, limited to culture – usually the culture of the artist and this can lead to many points of dispute when it comes to approaching folk art. If you get your local television channels through places like then you might have heard about this. For some, what they think they might be seeing is nothing more than a pile of junk when, to the culture the folk art is aimed at, it may in fact be a genuine call back to simpler times.

With folk art, there are really so many places a piece can go. A person might take an old beat-up car and make some kind of installation or sculpture out of it and the piece could represent anything from the type of car and the cultures stereotypically associated with it to even being a kind of metaphor for economic recession and how a once beautiful car, a symbol of status, is now ugly. The thing you need to remember when you approach folk art is the cultural context of the artist and where they grew up. If you can figure that out then the rest is easy and maybe then what you might think is a pile of junk could be something more.

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Home Highlights – Building a Room Around Folk Art

There are two ways to build a room around folk art. Either use the art as a theme setting to decorate the whole room or use it as the focal point with the room’s contents directing the viewer’s eyes to the art.

Using art to establish a theme means one might look at the art and seek out things to mirror into the room’s decorations. If there is a predominant season, color or subject matter in the art presented Read the rest of this entry

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Visiting the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is located in New Mexico. This folk art market is the largest in the world. When you visit The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market be prepared for a lively, colorful and generally fun event. There is usually well over one hundred artists that represent nearly fifty countries. They are energetic and talented. More than twenty five thousand people attend every year. Interestingly enough, nearly half of the artists are there to represent women’s cooperatives. This has a major impact on women because it give a Read the rest of this entry

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Artistic Past Times – How Practical Craft Becomes Folk Art

Back before such thing as internet shopping or even physical stores every day items were hand crafted from necessity. Today’s novelty folk art was yesterday’s winter project for do or die. Clothing was needed for protection as well as social status. Hand made garments were the norm. The artistry depended on the ability to purchase or weave fabric and obtain supplies such as looms. To vary color natural substances were used such as berries, bark and sometimes dirt. While in the earliest days some bartering of products was done, for the most part Read the rest of this entry

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Folk Art in the South – Reflections of Southern Culture

Folk Art is rather unique in that among all other art forms it is most prone to be influenced by the culture of the area in which the artist is producing. This is true because by definition, the folk artist has little to no training in the formal art world, techniques or art history, therefore they have nothing to go on other than their heritage and background. In the South, such artist currently draw much of their knowledge and experience for that of slavery and rural life or ancestors that were Read the rest of this entry

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