Wearable Art

Wearable art, also called artwear or art to wear refers to art pieces designed to be worn. These handcrafted pieces of jewelry or clothing are often made by the designer to make some kind of artistic statement. Although wearable art is related to mainstream fashion it stands independently. Unlike its counterpart, it demands to be seen as a serious form of art. It also differs from mainstream fashion in that it does not conform to any aesthetic criteria.

Wearable art has seen a lot of growth since it began. The wearable art revolution first surfaced in the 1930s. However, it was only in the counterculture years of the 60s that it reached the USA thereafter seeing even more popularity. Wearable art was meant to showcase rebellion against the conformity of previous generations. These handmade pieces served as a tool of self expression and individuality which had come to be valued in those years. It also served to rebel against mass production that had become rampant. Artists saw it as a way to bring art from the canvas into daily lives therefore making it more accessible to everyone. While wearable art flourished in the 70s, it was in the early 2000s that it reached its peak.

Fibrous materials are often used to create these pieces though others such as metal, plastic and leather can be used. They are made through a number of techniques such as sculpting, weaving, knitting, gluing, riveting, dyeing among others. These pieces are then exhibited or sold to art consumers depending on the designer’s preference.

Although most pieces of wearable art are meant to be worn by the consumer, the same can’t be said for all of them. Sometimes artists have taken to using materials that are out of the norm to create their pieces. This is known as extreme wearable art. These clothing or jewelry are solely for the purpose of making a statement rather than wearing. The pieces are often highly impractical for daily wear and best for viewing in museums. An example of this is trashion which is a branch of wearable art that makes clothes from trash such as work by Marina DeBris. Another such example are the pieces created by Andrea Vander Kooij called Garments for Forced Intimacy which are meant to be worn by two people at once.

Although wearable art is still a respected form of art, it is definitely not what it used to be. It is now viewed as a sort of high end fashion and while it was previously made accessible to everyone, the prices these handmade pieces are now sold at make it hard for just anyone to buy. However, this does not diminish its role as an art form for people who love to express themselves through their clothing.

Gothic style in jewelry

When working with Gothic jewelry, preference is given to white gold, silver and platinum, or so-called white metals. Probably such a love of white color is associated with the reality that more precious lighter metals draw out the gloomier strength  the fact that light of the black stone that brings together Gothic objects. They most often use onyx, but other significant and valuable crystals can add brightness to the decoration and are also welcome: these are large rubies, emeralds. The stones, like the jewelry itself, should be attractive defiant, massive.

The Gothic style in the history of culture is characterized by the flourishing of crafts, including jewelry. Gothic style jewelry – necklaces of large relief shapes made of round gold bars, chains with pendants, agraphs, rings, belts.

Agraffe – ornaments that connect the edges of the neckline, replacing brooches. Knights often gave them to their lovers, so the theme was appropriate: motifs of pierced hearts, woven hands, keys, flowers, engraving of love inscriptions.

The rings are especially important: they were all worn in large numbers, because the jewels of the insert were charms. The symbolism of the stones in the Gothic style was highly valued: they were valued for their size, color saturation and attributed strength. In the late Gothic age, agrafs and rings were decorated with religious enamels.

The Gothic subculture was born at the turn of the 1970s and 1980s. The twentieth century in the UK and originally united lovers of Gothic music. In the beginning, the Gothic movement was a youth, today it unites people aged 13 to 48. All representatives of the Gothic subculture are characterized by a special image, passive protest against existing social cultural stereotypes, negative attitude towards the modern world, love of Gothic music, while the Gothic subculture has several trends and branches, and is most common in Western Europe and USA did not gain a large number of followers except Japan.

The Androgin Goth line is typical of what people mean by gothic jewelry. Most of the time, products like these don’t really pertain to a single sex in their appearance – they are necklaces, spikes, bandages, massive rings, for example, on the entire phalanx of the finger. Each piece of jewelry in this direction is complemented by characteristic, “classic” Gothic symbolism.

A branch called Goth Fetish – these are objects that have an explicit fetishistic orientation: handcuffs, chains, necklaces, bandages. Most often, precious metals are not used, but artificial materials that have more lace and are necessarily with special attributes. And of course, traditional black or light gemstones are used. However, it is worth removing the common misconception here: people believe that a fetish is necessarily related to sex. If you look in the dictionary, then the fetish (literally) translates as sorcery, amulet. That is, it turns out that jewelry created in the fetish style of Goth has a completely different, not sexual orientation. These are objects endowed, in our case, with utensils dedicated to the supernatural or that show affiliation with a religious cult.

And the last direction of the Gothic style is Vampire Goth, which has a clear vampire focus. This style is for many people connected to the darker side and aspects of like, things like death and dying and all that happens after death. Quite often, jewelry like this might have depictions of bats, or possibly webs, and different attributes of the existence of vampires.

Josef Boyce Felt Suit (1970)

Boyce believed that the modern economic system did not take into account domestic needs, locking a person in prison for production and consumption. A precondition for the emergence of a true alternative to existing reality for Boyce was through growth of how art was traditionally conceived: the creative process needed to contain and have business with all areas that humans busied themselves with, blurring the lines between art and the rest of life. Boyce called his work “anthropological art” and made the claim that “every person is an artist.” Endowed with an inner potential for creativity, people can construct social systems that are new and that will change the world through practicing art, that is, through becoming creators of “social sculpture” … “

It’s a very strange thing in its simplicity. Boyce said in his usual laconic style that he did not care about the functionality of the subject, assuming only that it would be useful to the magician if he suddenly showed up at a university. (“Where they say it’s so rationalistic …”) And also about the fact that the main function of felt is to keep warm, but it also means spiritual warmth. And he explained, “To go back to the beginnings of evolution.” And for sure: felt is, apparently, one of the first materials man created. And why without the buttons? “Because the buttons are too complicated.” But this is not enough, he felt, unlike the fabric for Boyce, the prototype of an ideal society, whose body was not intertwined but fell from a single individual into a dense and warm unconstructive entity. At the same time, it is a highly politicized object. Originally created for purely political play, Dead Mouse Action / Standalone, held in Dusseldorf to protest the Vietnam War. Then “Felt Suit” turned into a single as well as a “Sled”. And now his goal is to protect people from the cold aggression of a rationalist society in the expectation of a better world. Decorated like a felt nightmare, warming the soul of a true anarchist. The landing of this philosophical uniform is strangely similar to the design of Russian utopian Vladimir Tatlin (“Clothing is Normal”), who designed clothes for the inhabitants of the ideal world of the future held in Dusseldorf to protest the Vietnam War. Then “Felt Suit” turned into a single as well as a “Sled”. And now his goal is to protect people from the cold aggression of a rationalist society in the expectation of a better world. Decorated like a felt nightmare, warming the soul of a true anarchist. The landing of this philosophical uniform is strangely similar to the design of the Russian Utopian Vladimir Tatlin (“Clothing is Normal”), who designed clothes for the inhabitants of the ideal world of the future held in Dusseldorf to protest the Vietnam War. Then “Felt Suit” turned into a single as well as a “Sled”.  And now his goal is to protect people from the cold aggression of a rationalist society in the expectation of a better world. Decorated like a felt nightmare, warming the soul of a true anarchist. The landing of this philosophical uniform is strangely similar to the design of Russian utopian Vladimir Tatlin (“Clothing is Normal”), who designed clothes for the inhabitants of the ideal world of the future.

5 Helpful Networking Tips for Artists

While networking can be some people’s forte, it can be nerve wrecking for some. It’s not always easy for artists to take time off from putting together their art pieces and have exhausting and awkward conversations with people. However, for most upcoming artists it is an important trick to keep the freelance gigs coming in and also to build an audience for their work. So whether you lack the skills to network or don’t know how to get started, either way here are some tips you can use. 

  1. Help others to help yourself

Building positive relationships that are not only beneficial for yourself but others as well is a very big step forward in achieving your career goals because when people know that the relationship you are seeking to form is mutually beneficial, they would want to return the favors you do for them to keep the relationship growing,

      2. Start off networking in your own community

Right off the bat, you don’t have to dive into meeting big name clients or fancy events. You can take baby steps and start off by meeting other artists and going to their events. When you do that and make yourself a familiar face at art events, people will start to get to know you and they would attend any workshops and art exhibitions you hold as well. 

     3. Come up with an elevator speech 

When you network and meet new people, the most common question that gets asked is about your work. So, in order to impress people with what you do, have an elevator speech ready which is both precise and interesting to retain people’s attention and leave a lasting impression of you on them. 

   4. Instead of selling, focus on connecting

When you meet people with the intention of selling or marketing yourself, you focus on solely yourself and form a bond which is perhaps not that strong. However, when you look to connect you form a genuine connection with people by not just introducing yourself, but also by getting to know them. This way, you’d be able to relate to your potential connections and they can too. 

  5. Take your business cards along

Whether you want to connect with clients, artists or just some people interested in your work, the best way to do that is to create business cards for yourself. 

Bringing your business cards is a professional way to enable interested people to reach out to you in future.

The Colours of Truck Art

This intricate form of art, called Truck Art is practiced commonly in South Asia, especially Pakistan. The highly complex and greatly detail-oriented form of art leaves people from all over the world dumbfounded. Its awe-inspiring and overwhelming designs and patterns never cease to amaze people and this elaborate art form gives a hint of highly talented people of this country. Mostly this style of art includes floral patterns and different types of poetry written in the form of calligraphy. This art is not just done out of beautification purposes, but rather, it has become infused with Pakistani culture and tradition.

This art form has seen the changing of eras, making different elements from different eras to integrate into the Truck Art. Though, the history of Truck Art has not been traced properly to the very beginning, to its origin. But there are some theories, one speculation is that after partition of sub-continent companies tried to monopolize the freight business. So, they created colourful logs to attract illiterate people of Pakistan and the colourful it was more the people got attracted and slowly it got revolutionized to give an art.  Another theory is that the painted portraits of Gurus was seen on the trucks of Sikh transporters, which inspired the Muslim truck drivers to paint Sufis on their trucks in the era of 1940s. Then after Pakistan gained independence the art stayed, but rather got incorporated with modernism and soon landscapes, flying horses, different birds became the option for painting by many truck drivers. Then in the ‘60s decade the art took a turn and incorporated politics, then spiritual paintings took over and so on. Now, truck art has become a greatly recognized genre of art, all over the world.

Now truck art is not only confined to the body of the trucks and lorries rather it has made its way down to every sort of item used daily such as truck art inspired pottery, rickshaws, scooters and even clothes!

All parts of trucks are densely decorated with floral pattern as well as with pictures of Pakistani and other heroes, Monkeys, Butterflies and much more. Many different types of colours are used to draw on different parts of the truck. The colours range from loud hues of bright Orange, Lemon Yellow etc. to pastel shades. Different sizes of paint brushes are used, big brushes serve as coating a basal colour or for filling in, etc. while the small, thin ones are used to intricately and immaculately make way into the tiny details.

The Mesmerizing Ebru Art

The myriad of exquisite patterns imprinted upon a plain sheet of paper is an art, an art that is known as Ebru Art, also referred to as Paper marbling. Although its basic origins are not properly known, but it is said to be one of the oldest Turkish arts. It uses an array of colours, swirled and twirled on an aqueous medium making different forms of shapes, figures, floral pattern, sceneries etc. The patterns formed vary in complexity, from big designs to highly small, intricate ones but no matter the size the designs are well-defined and distinct. This art is truly a stupendous sight.

This technique of art requires a steady motion, a good level of patience and of course, an aesthetic sense. To prepare the aqueous surface, various surfactants are added into the water or a cellulose mixture is formed and filled up in a shallow tray called the Size. These solutions help in keeping the paint floating on top of the surface. The dye/ink is made by mixing water with the desired coloured pigment along with Kitre, a natural gum. Then the dye is sprinkled, poured etc. on the solution depending on the art needed to be created. After the dye has been added, the floating colors are manipulated using various techniques. An awl is used to create different patterns; the artists may also use a straw by blowing through it to shape the floating colours. The artist also fans the colours so that they move to formulate the desired shape. After the wanted piece of art has been created a Washi sheet or any type of absorbent sheet of paper is used, that is gently and carefully placed on the Size. Placing the sheet on the top of the solution transfers the image on the paper. Then the paper is left in open to dry.This method of art has been used for a considerable long time. The Turks learned to make paper in the 15th century, with the passing of time they mastered the Ebru Art. With the advancement in time, this technique started holding immense importance. Due to the distinct patterns formed almost every time, the imprinted paper was used to prevent the forging of a document. The paper with a decent design also started to serve as a background to pen down official documents, records and treaties. The Ebru Art is also used to write calligraphy on it and also serves as an endpaper in books etc.

Origami; The Art of Paper Folding

The art of creasing the paper to make intricate or simple figures and shapes is called Origami. Origami is an art that has its root anchored in Japanese culture, this technique brings life to the dead, flat sheet of paper by folding it into different sculptures. People nowadays from all over the world practice this art style. The beautiful figures such as a crane, flowers, butterflies and much more made by just a sheet of paper concentrated attention of people from all around the world. The simple yet a complex method of this transformation made many people to learn it and then to teach it as well.

In Origami practices, usually a Square piece of paper is used to fold it into various figures. Although people today and in old times used scissors, tape, glue etc. to get a clean cut or to bind paper perfectly. But modern technique discourages the use of any sort of amenity such as glue, scissors etc. Many experts discourage the use of any tools either to do Origami, however people use various tools to build complex or a complicated structure. Tools such as paper clips and tweezers can be used. Bone folders aid in making sharp creases. Ruler and a ballpoint embosser are also taken help of for scoring the paper.

There are many types of Origami that are done today. Some of them include: Action Origami; a type in which the Origami model can be manipulated in certain ways to bring life to the seemingly still model. Modular Origami; is a name given to the type that uses different pieces of Origami to make a final complicated structure. Pure-land Origami; it is another type that asks to make the figure by only using the mountain or valley folds. Wet-folding; it is yet another technique in which a model is made that uses gentle curves and the paper is moistened to make it easier to shape it in to wave or circular patterns.

In ancient times, Origami usage was restricted to the purpose of beautification of gifts and the decoration of envelopes etc. But as of today, with the advancement in technology Origami has found its way to contribute with the technological era too. Origami is used in Architectural Engineering as well as Civil Engineering to make sample, miniature deploy-able models. Origami is also used for research in Medicine, as its 3D structure helps in the simulation of DNA patterns and also for modelling cell membrane and Protein structures. In Mathematics, teachers use Origamis to make pupils get an understanding of geometrical shapes etc.

Warli Art; An Aesthetic Pleasure

There are many types of folk arts that are done all around the world, Warli Art is one of them. It is a type of art that has originated from Maharashtra tribe, one of the biggest tribes in India. The art is itself one of a kind, as it uses rudimentary geometric shapes such as a Circles, Squares or triangles to form complicated pieces of art. The intricate designs, the captivating details are truly mesmerizing.

These paintings depicted social lives, the daily lives of the people of Maharashtra tribe. Each painting shows a different scene, sometimes a scene of marriage, a depiction of harvest or Trapa dance etc. The usage of triangles was for denoting trees or mountains and humans as well, one inverted triangle joined with an upright one represented a body while circles and kinked line complete the whole form. Circles are also used to denote natural bodies such as the Moon and Sun. Square shows a holy confinement or a portion of land.

It is done by using a blend of simple, everyday items to formulate different Earthy hues to paint this art. Ritually, this art is painted upon the inner walls of the houses, but people also create it on pieces of cotton as well. Ochre tone made from the concoction of twigs, red-brick and soil served to be the background for the art to be drawn. Sometimes, a mixture of water and dung is also used to form an Umbre color for the background. Then a chewed end of a Bamboo stick is dipped in a puree of rice with water along with gum to paint the picture. But in today’s modern world people also use poster or acrylic paints to depict these enchanting art pieces.

Warli Art is now, not just confined to the traditions and culture of its birth place, but its charm has managed to appeal great artists and many people from all around the world. Warli Art is now printed on mugs, clothes, wall hangings etc to add a sense beauty to wherever it is printed.

This traditional art might be only a source of amusement and exquisiteness to the people today, but traditionally this art was drawn on the walls of houses in the villages at the time of marriages to ensure their stability and eternality. These drawing were also considered to provide blessings at the time of child birth and were also used to protect the crops and houses from evil and demonic entities.

Why both Kids and Adults Should do Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts are a great avenue to promote mental health and enhance creativity among children and adults. Arts and crafts activities contribute to the cognitive, emotional, and social development of kids. When you encourage creativity among kids, they certainly develop important skills that may contribute to their long-term achievement both in school and even in their adulthood.

It’s, therefore, important that you present your kids with art and craft supplies to not only enhance their creativity but also let them have a sense of achievement after completing their project. Here’s why it’s important to let your kids partake in arts and crafts activities.

Executive Function and Self-Regulation

You must have realized that things don’t always work out as planned at times. There are times you have to make adjustments and changes to your plans and even come up with different strategies. Executive function refers to the different set of mental skills that help you in switching focus, remembering details, filtering what you say, managing time, doing things based on experience, planning, and paying attention. These are important life skills that kids need to acquire as well.

Engaging children in arts and crafts provides them with important life lessons like patience, focus, reasoning, paying attention, self-control, flexibility. Ultimately, they’re able to develop healthy executive function and self-regulation.

Bilateral Coordination

Most arts and crafts activities often require one to use both of their hands in sync. This includes activities such as cutting, painting, knitting, coloring, and drawing. The fact that these activities involve children moving their hands means they’re able to develop their bilateral coordination. It, therefore, becomes easier for them to learn a variety of other daily activities like writing, playing instruments, showing, dressing, etc.

Bonding and Memories

Every parent spends time with their kids. Engaging your kids in simple arts and crafts activities like painting, drawing, knitting, etc. is a great way to enjoy quality bonding time while making fond memories together. Not only will you be communicating your desire to spend quality time with your child but showing him or her that you’re invested in his or her life.


If you’re looking to empower children to feel good about themselves, then arts and crafts is the way to go. Arts and crafts activities encourage and promote creativity thereby empowering children with positive emotional responses whenever they’re learning. They will feel a great sense of achievement and accomplishment when they create something.

Fine Motor Coordination

There’s no better way to improve a child’s hand-eye coordination than engaging him with hand-on arts and crafts activities like kneading, coloring with line, mixing colors, drawing patterns and shapes, or cutting with scissors. All these activities enhance the development of fine motor coordination. The more children engage in hands-on arts and crafts activities the more they improve their fine motor skills. Their hands an wrist muscles also become stronger.

In conclusion, arts and crafts provide many benefits to both kids and adults. So if you’re looking to help your kids socialize and think critically even as they develop other skills, encourage them or rather engage them in such activities. You might start by providing them with arts and crafts supplies.