Folk Art” exists in a myriad of forms.
Folk art is neither of historic exclusivity nor a current re-creation. Indeed, said re-creation is of itself folk art. It has existed from time immemorial.
The phrase “form follows function” was perhaps first articulated in early 1900’s but the concept has been around for millennia and is exemplified in hand crafted artifacts from daily life.
In-as-much as I have an interest in an anthropological development studty evolution…. I find folk art of an indigenous people very telling of an individuals’ soul persona. Too, I recognize that to some extent that interest extends and expands throughout our extended community.
Examples can include a child’s ball that is painted pretty colors and designs (the ball = function, the decoration—form); a small box, perhaps for jewelry or other personally precious items that may be painted or carved (a particular carving style is known as “tramp art”); a patterned shirt of homespun or your home walls covered with patterned wall paper AND ice fishing paraphernalia including TIP-UPS.
Folk Art tip-ups is where this project started.
Delbert Chambers explains how the current museum exhibit started with a conversation between himself and museum director Steve Parisi.
The TIP-UP conversation expanded to include other unique “winter season” that were “personalized” Included in the exhibit are handc rafted pieces as well as some mass produced pieces to give the viewer a sense of the personality of the hand crafted pieces.
And the tip-ups, take note of how they operate differently. Mouse traps they ain’t.