Saturday, March 10, 2012

Saturday Link List - folk art

One of my favorite forms of art is what I call Folk Art.

Folk art is defined as art originating among the common people of a nation or region and usually reflecting their traditional cultures especially everyday or festive items.
When I was in Santa Fe on vacation one year, I knew I had to stop at the Museum of International Folk Art.  One of their permanent exhibitions is called Multiple Visions: a Common Bond.  Oh Boy!  What a feast for the eyes!  Thousands of small toys and miniatures are scattered around the large gallery - not to be missed if you're visiting New Mexico.  This book (above) is about the collection.

The Virgin Rose

An artist on Etsy reminds me of Mexican folk art with her tin nichos (see right).  These are little shadow boxes or shrines that can be hung on the wall.  This is an example of one that I really enjoyed.  And she has more!  Look for them and the other Mexican folk art in her shop, TheVirginRose.

Skelly Skeleton 

There are other folk artists on Etsy who I've been following for a long time.  Jannell Berryman's art (left) and Campbell Jane (below) are two I have interviewed over the past few years.  Janell's art dolls are cute... and creepy.  I interviewed her back on May 8, 2009.  The interview and pics are still there, but the links don't work because she opened a new shop in Sept 2010.  Go by and check out her blog too - it's loads of fun! 

I originally met Campbell Jane through Entrecard.  She sells on Etsy, Artfire and other sites like Zazzle and CafePress.  I interviewed her back in the Spring of 2010 - many of the links from my post still work, if you want to use them.  Or just hop on over to her Etsy shop, Campbell Jane.  

I love all her water ladies.  You can watch her paint (time lapse) on YouTube   - it's like sitting in the room with her!    

Traditional Russian Nesting Dolls

And aren't these little matryoshka ("nesting") dolls adorable!  This 5-piece set (above) is handmade in Russla.  Anastassya has made a lot of non-traditional dolls too, but I like these best.  Go by and give this Etsy artist some love!  

Nesting dolls made of gourds
Now if you want to try your hand at making some nesting dolls yourself, Pam at gingerbreadsnowflakes has instructions on making them out of gourds.

Worry Dolls from Guatemala
There's other folk art on Etsy - an easy tag to enter if you're interested.  My favorites are molas, but I've written about them a lot.  You can also try some commercial sites online to see and purchase folk art.  I think these "Worry Dolls" are really special.  What you do is tell your worries to them and place them under your pillows at night.  In the morning, the dolls have taken all your worries away.  I found an online website where they sell the dolls.  Their little boxes are pretty special too!


FabricFascination said...

So interesting. I just read an article in my quilting magazine that talked about the worry dolls. Actually there was a quilt that incorporated them.

Keytiques said...

Great Post! Very interesting to read, I've always liked Folk Art Pieces myself. I had some of those little worry dolls from Mexico when I was younger.

Sweet Fix @ Maria Corcuera said...

I remember my grandma bringing me those dolls from Guatemala!

Judy Nolan said...

These are great examples of folk art, which I also enjoy. On our way back from Kentucky one year, we stopped in Berea, where a lot of local folk art is available. We purchased wonderfully made baskets and pottery, among other things. Just this last week, I purchased "Mountain Mommas" (gourd flowers) from Sam Willoughby at "TheWillies" on Etsy. I appreciate the love and craftsmanship that goes into folk art.

Campbell Jane said...

Wonderful post! You are so sweet! Thanks so much for including me. Many Blessings

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Fun collection of links!
I had worry dolls as a child. And I've always loved the nesting dolls too :)

BeadedTail said...

I wouldn't have thought of some of those as folk art. Guess I need to check it out more! There are some links here I'm going to check out too so thank you!

Kathleen said...

Great folk art features - very fun!

Anne said...

Hi, Your post came up in my Google alerts list...I have a Mexican folk art shop in Minneapolis so if you're interested in folk art check it out! can also sign up for our mailing list, FB or Twitter feeds.

Janell Berryman artist-owner said...

Thank you! Awesome article :) And I love those little folk art dolls myself. I have two sets!

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