Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A little paint never hurt anyone. Maybe thats not true...

One of the things I actually enjoy about getting older is that I am able to consciously see trends/fads go in and out of daily life. I may not be old enough to rent a car, but darn it, I can be  super observant to trends! I know, something to be proud of. I don't know why I find fads so interesting, but I just can't get enough.

I enjoy watching people go along with the flow, everyone just sort of trying it out. I also like to see people that don't get into fads and do their own thing. I think its great. Trends in fashion are fun to watch, and super fun to try out. The whole high-low hemline fad (I'm preemptively calling it a fad. I apologize to any staunch proponents of this hemline) is so interesting to me. I feel like it came out of nowhere and just took off. I admit to trying it out, but this trend was just not for me. I forced myself to buy a few of the skirts/dresses with this detail, and I haven't worn a single one. On me, its completely unflattering. On Emma, it looks wonderful! For me, this trend was a wash.

I also love to see people that have had a certain style for YEARS, and then all of a sudden, it sweeps the nation as a fad. I like seeing the difference between what one person views as a trend, and what the other views as a long-standing personal style. Take for example Cara and Native American/tribal style. Cara has been a turquoise/tribal print wearer for years. But now, its starting to become very popular all over! Of course, when this trend dies down, Cara will still be wearing it like she always does. To her, this isn't a trend, its her own personal style. And its awesome. 

But lets move away from clothes and fashion. What really got me thinking about trends this morning was a necklace that we got in the other day. Someone came in on Monday and sold us a macrame owl necklace. This bad boy is so 70s, it almost hurts. I started thinking about how macrame was the thing to do in the 70's. Tables, wall art, and evidently necklaces were all so popular. And then, poof, much like many of the other fads, gone. I got to thinking about all of the craft fads that have come and gone throughout the decades. I've been lucky (is that the right word?) enough to see a lot of these magical items come in to the shop, and I think its high time we talk about them. Ladies and gentlemen, lets talk about craft fads through the decades. 

Since I am going in no particular order, I will start with the macrame trend since I just mentioned it! Many of you might think that macrame started in the 70s. Well, hold your horses! Macrame was believed to have started in the 13th century, and was actually most popular in the Victorian era. Yes, the 70s had a revival, but the nineteenth century completely owned this trend. Take a look at this Victorian border fringe. 

People during this time would literally throw some macrame designs on anything.
Clothes, curtains, accessories, you name it. I suppose there wasn't much else to do,
seeing as how The Real Housewives wasn't on television then. Nor was there a 
television. Either way, this is a pretty typical style of macrame during that time.

I'm sure most of you are more familiar with the stylings of macrame during the 70s. You've seen the swimsuits (to die for), the purses, (still so cute and summery), and the owl wall hangings. But what about a macrame bed canopy. May I present to you, the most awesome thing ever.

Um, yes? First off, that bed spread. I'm dying. Secondly, this canopy is just amazing. AMAZING. Since it took a while for 
macrame to come back in after the nineteenth century, I'd say we have a little way to go before it takes hold again, but DANG! 
I'm wishing that time was sooner rather than later! 

Lets talk about velvet painting. When were velvet paintings popular, you ask? When weren't they popular. Real talk. This fad (it seems to still be around in an ironic way) took hold in the 70s also, and is most known for its imagery of Elvis and religious subject matter. Sometimes both at the same time as you can see below. 

Yep. Sometimes there are no words for a painting. This is one of those particular paintings. 

String art. You know it when you see it. Pins or nails hammered into a piece of wood (usually covered in fabric), and string wrapped around strategically to make a design. So classic.  Much like macrame, string art has its origins in the nineteenth century, but developed into a more popular crafting idea in the 60s due to books and kits on how to do it. We tend to get a lot of string art here at Street Scene. We've had ships, owls, geometric designs, you name it! Check out this majestic ship string art. Also, keep an eye out at Target! String art earrings are back in a big way this summer! They are all over the place! 

Of course there was tie-dye. This came about way way earlier than you would think! It was first seen in Peru, and dates to about 500 AD. It surfaced later in Africa, and then later again in the United States in the 60s. It really took off, and carried over into the 70s. Check out this awesome photo of a booth selling tie-dye goods at the Woodstock festival in 1969. 

I've probably talked about paint by numbers a billion times on here, but it deserves a shout out. Who doesn't love a good paint by number? This person obviously loves PBNs. Is it wrong I want this to be my stairwell? 

Oh, I wouldn't mind those shoes, either. 

What are some craft trends you all remember? I desperately wanted to talk about bedazzling and perler beads. Do any of you still partake in these crafts? I want to know all about it! 

Until next time! 

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