Ladyfair Folk Art


Greetings! Welcome to the Ladyfair Folk Art blog. If you haven't already, I encourage you to visit the about page of my blog to become better acquainted with me. I am an artist and this blog chronicles both my artistic progress as well as my hobbies. First, let's go over a few questions that you might have!

What is folk art?
Folk art by definition is art crafted by "tradespeople", it is art for the people by the people. Oftentimes, in painting, it lacks technical skills like proportion, the application of colour theory or the use of perspective. Anyone can create folk art but not everyone can create fine art. I could bore you to tears by explaining the difference and how confusing it becomes when folk art, something formerly regarded as kistch, becomes fine art simply because some elitist art collector or curator acknowledges it as such, but I won't. Folk art means a lot of different things to different people and in no way is it "easy art". I sometimes get the feeling that people disregard folk art as being too paint by numbers, but it can and often does require a significant amount of artistic skill. The only difference between folk art and fine art, in my opinion, is that folk art isn't trying to say anything political, it's not asking big questions about life or society, it's just for decoration. You're meant to buy it, hang it on your wall and go "oooh" whenever you look at it. In other words: folk art is awesome.

Folk art has its own place in the art world, caught in between hobbyist art and fine art. At its core it is culturally significant. In some countries folk art has become a means to share stories and catalog major life events or to celebrate and pass down cultural traditions. It is both purposeful and utilitarian. Folk art can manifest in a variety of mediums ranging from basket weaving to tapestry, doll making, tatting, to painting or sculpting. There are literally hundreds of different forms of folk art to be found in the world.

What are the differences between primitives and folk art?
Primitives or prims are words that get thrown around a lot in the folk art community. It appears that some generations associate the word "primitive" strictly with antiques but this is actually incorrect. Primitive is an artistic style or method, it means that something is created using primitive techniques or it is made to look that way. Anything primitive is inherently folk art due to the fact that it is utilitarian and hand crafted. Some artists choose to refer to their work as folk art or as primitive and some, like me, use them interchangeably. Similarly, the word "antiquated" can been employed to describe a piece that is old fashioned but it should not be confused with "antique" which would mean a collectible piece that is more than 100 years old!

In my art I use the words folk art and primitive to describe my work. Folk art is a much broader term and can encapsulate a variety of techniques and mediums. You can make folk art with newer mediums, like photo collage, but this would not fall under the label of primitive. Instead, the word primitive refers to a style that is strictly old-fashioned. You will often see primitive dolls or figurines that have been aged to look as though they're much older than they actually are. Artists like me enjoy creating a sense of history in their work and fashion pieces reminiscent of a bygone era. I tend to gravitate towards folk art styles that were prominent in the 40's and 50's.

What kind of artwork do you make?
I make figurines and art dolls using mixed media. I use a combination of my skills to create my folk art. Sewing has always been my bread and butter and I employ this skill with various techniques to create my art dolls. I like to hand craft the doll heads and limbs out of clay and draft their soft form bodies out of fabric. I eventually transitioned into fashioning figurines out of clay and wood, which has become my preferred medium. 

Why holiday themed folk art?
I am not limited to holidays alone, I like to make seasonal folk art as well. I grew up in a household where family was very important and the holidays were often boisterous and grand occasions. It was one of our traditions to dress the house up for Christmas and once I got older we would do the same for Halloween. I have grown very fond of home decorating and I'm passionate about creating items that can be used to adorn the home for the holidays, hence why I make holiday themed folk art!

Where can I buy your folk art?
Currently my folk art is only available for purchase through my Etsy shop: Ladyfair Folk Art. If you have additional questions regarding my art, I encourage you to read through the shop policies and look at the FAQ section.

Additional Notes:

If you have any additional questions that I haven't answered in my shop policies, about page or this introduction, please feel free to contact me at the link in the right side bar or the nav bar above. All images contained in my blog are copyright protected, please do not share them without my permission. I encourage conversation in the comment portion of every post but all comments are moderated for spam, profanity and self promotion. There may be delays before comments appear published on this site.

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