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Where to Find Beautiful Arts and Crafts

What are 'arts & crafts'? Generally, the term 'arts & crafts' refers to handmade products that have been designed individually with the intent of creating a piece of artwork or a decoration. People engage in arts & crafts as artisans and crafters - that is, those who make their living by producing and selling handmade objects - as well as countless hobbyists who do it just for their own enjoyment. Of course, there can also be a hidden benefit if you can make your own gifts rather than having to purchase them. Arts & crafts are deeply rooted in regional and ethnic cultures, so the specifics of what kinds of objects constitute arts & crafts varies greatly across the world.How long have arts and crafts been around?The origin of arts & crafts can be found in simple bartering transactions; expert artisans and crafters would trade their skill for sustenance. The artisans and crafters would then pass their knowledge on to the next generation through an apprentice - an assistance who grew up w...


An Overview of the Major Movements in Modern Art

When it comes to visual arts, the second half of the 19th century ushered in a whole new age of modern art that would change the way people thought of art forever. Prior to 1850, most experts would agree that artists strove to represent their world and the people in it as realistically as possible. This should come as no real surprise since photography was not in existence yet and people of all classes relied on artists to create accurate representations of their loved ones as well as cherished landscapes and objects. However, the times they were a-changing during the second half of the 19th century due in great part to the Industrial Revolution. Society in general was constantly in the process of inventing and reinventing itself, and that tendency to change and experimentation with new ways of living and thinking were naturally reflected in the art of the times. Movements in this modern art came and went: they were popular for a while then fell into disfavor as the community moved on to "new" and "improved" ...


Is Graffiti An Urban Art Form?

You can travel almost anywhere in the world, and you will probably see graffiti. Although graffiti art is usually more common in big cities, the reality is that it can occur in almost any community, big or small.The problem with graffiti art is the question of whether it's really art, or just plain vandalism. This isn't always an easy question to answer, simply because there are so many different types of graffiti. Some is simply a monochrome collection of letters, known as a tag, with little artistic merit. Because it's quick to produce and small, it is one of the most widespread and prevalent forms of graffiti.Although tagging is the most common type of graffiti, there are bigger, more accomplished examples that appear on larger spaces, such as walls. These are often multicolored and complex in design, and so start to push the boundary of whether they should really be defined as graffiti art.If it wasn't for the fact that most graffiti is placed on private property without the owner's permission, then ...


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