Art is the psychic expression of beauty as revealed through truth.
|Is this beautiful or ugly?|
Recently, I put together this scarf from a pile of discarded sweaters. I borrowed the majority of the idea from some of my fellow Etsy crafters and then added a couple of crocheted rows to the edges. After I finished the scarf and showed it to others, I was told told that it was ugly, really ugly, so ugly it was almost beautiful! Wow! Exactly what does that mean? I guess that means I am going to make another one!
We have all heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, our moms told us that many times during those terrible middle school years. What we think is beautiful now, quite possibly was thought to be hideous one hundred years ago. For example, consider what the public thought about modern art at the turn of the century. Those same pieces that outraged them in the 1900's are now priceless. Think Matisse, Van Gogh and Picasso.
And then there is the cultural element. What is beautiful in China, may not be perceived as so in India. What American's feel is an ideal beauty is not necessarily so in the Arab world. Finally, your own personal experiences will define what is "beautiful" to you. Some people just like orange or landscapes or portraits etc. What you like can be very personal to you.
"I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and all that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful."
Oscar Wilde 1885
And speaking of beauty, here is a beautiful wedding card made from recycled paper including the bride & groom's wedding invitation. Here, Amelia used the lattice card technique which I have detailed in my September 18, 2012 blog and appliqued it with stars. It really turned out lovely and what a keepsake for the new couple.
|Amelia's Wedding Card|
Thanks again for reading my blog and your support! Please visit my Etsy shop, there will be more journals and Literary Jewelry made from the pages of Wizard of Oz. Great Fun! I will preview them here first.
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Talk to you all soon,