There's an art/craft magazine I used to subscribe to (I won't name names) that at first seemed wonderfully original. Geared toward the new DIY movement, it included wonderful projects on a small scale that could be made easily at home. Shadow boxes, art cards, altered books, assemblage, etc. As an artist who had limited space in which to work, I looked forward to each issue to offer inspiration and new ideas. However, in issue after issue I began to notice a pattern. The photographs of the artwork all began to look eerily similar. Something was emerging. Apparently, all one needed to do to make something "art" was to include one of these images:
1. face or figure with conical birthday hat
Needless to say, when my subscription ran out it was not renewed.
Fast forward a few years, and now there are websites like etsy, a wonderful marketplace through which thousands of kitchen table artists sell their wares. The craft movement has also hit the main street, with small shops in hipster college towns carrying local artists wares.
Independent Film Channel's Portlandia celebrates one such town and the tendency of its hipster inhabitants to be just a little more hip than the rest of us. My favorite sketch? This one:
Let's look at some vintage items that "Put A Bird On It," from the talented sellers of the Vintage Fashion Guild.