folk art


Definition of folk art

: the traditional typically anonymous art of usually untrained people

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In their assignments, students have to use folk arts to present complex scientific concepts. Bitasta Das, Quartz India, "How I engage students of India’s premier science school in folk arts," 27 June 2019 Seidenfaden Busck has pulled together an eclectic set of references that never jar: African textiles, Japanese kokeshi dolls, and American folk art quilts all mesh together just so, with a signature room scent by Santa Maria Novella. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "These 6 European Apartments Are Basically Private Design Hotels," 23 Aug. 2019 At the time, there was something radical about Barnes’s commingling of art from the 20th century with Renaissance paintings, folk art, historic pieces of metal work, hardware and craft, and African masks and other carving. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Bill Viola’s videos show what art can do and expose what the Barnes Collection lacks," 13 Aug. 2019 Artisans will be demonstrating traditional woodcarving, painting and weaving, and folk art for sale will include embroidered clothing, handwoven textiles, jewelry and handmade pottery. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carnitas street tacos you can make at home," 30 July 2019 The exhibits feature intricate baskets, handblown glass, folk art, quilts, and functional and decorative ceramics, among other treasures. Kari Bodnarchuk,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 16 July 2019 The design, by Incienso de Santa Fe, is a nod to the folk art style of the region, with its red-rock color and protruding wood beams. Bryan Fountain, Bon Appétit, "This Little Incense Burner Makes My Kitchen Smell Better and My Heart Fuller," 16 July 2019 Street rods were a kind of high-performance folk art after the war, a symbol of sudden working-class prosperity and mobility and hell-for-leather freedom. Mark Mahaney, Smithsonian, "Danny Thompson’s Blazing Nitromethane-Fueled Pursuit of Racing Glory," 10 July 2019 Think boutique quality folk art and one-of-a-kind items made from wood, metal, glass, ceramics and fabrics made into gifts and home décor items. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: If had stores and why tech is now a section at crafts retailer Michaels," 21 June 2019

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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