Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Romance Part I: Idealization on Etsy



Handpicked on Etsy
Romance is associated in common culture with love and idealization, though it actually imbues the arts in more complex philosphical and intellectual ways. In 18th Century Western Europe, scientific advances and the Industrial Revolution inspired a Romantic Movement in the arts, born as a protest against the environmental & socio-cultural impacts of mass production and the rationalization of nature. Naive folk art and handmade was embraced as 'noble,' and artistic themes included trepidation and awe associated with wildly untamed nature -- I'm saving those motifs for another day. Today, I focus on the sentimental side of romance. These selections from Etsy artisans include images of scenery portrayed in an idealized way, and handmade creations reflecting a nostalgia for Victorian Era style. Click on the pictures to go directly to these Etsy stores. Prices range from $12.00 to $1210.00
Today's featured artisans include, from top left to bottom right:
dgordon, The7thMagpie, TravelingChariot, sarahseven, bonheur, garyhellerphotograph, starwillowstudio, ambersky

13 comments:

bryan said...

wow.. what a great blog! Thanks so much for including my Carved Lace Bowl!!
deborah
(in under my boyfriends acct :))

Pamela Angus said...

such a perfect selection! gorgeous!

Lynelle said...

Very sweet choices. The color palette is especially nice. I'm looking forward to the next aspect of Romance.

Gary Heller said...

Wonderfully romantic! Thank you, I'm homored to be included.

laura said...

Wow Andria ~ What a lovely article and fabulous finds to go with... Stunning! The beach photo beckons me to come, and the beaded wrist cuff is simply gorgeous ~ it's all beautiful!

The plaid scarf you just added to your textile shoppe is fabulous!

Thanks for featuring me today...

Laura (starwillowstudio)

mskris said...

Beautiful elegant selection! Thank you for featuring my embroidered cuff.

Jane said...

Thanks for the mention, great blog showcasing some lovely items.
btw I tweeted this blog too.

brooklynechaos said...

You put together such a beautiful story with the images you pick. I love that you sidestepped the hard to access treasury to create your own treasury. They've been impressive every time. Thank you for sharing.

Splendid Little Stars said...

love the soft, subdued colors!

TravelingChariot said...

Thank you so much for including my photo of Chateau de Fontainebleau in you lovely collection of romantic tresures. And props to all the sellers included on taking marvelous product photos.

Traveling Chariot,
www.travelingchariot.etsy.com

KCR Lehr Studio said...

Absolutely charming! All of them! The delicate carving in the lace bowl, the whimsical fiber arts, the romantic photographs, the repurposed vintage brooches, the ornate earrings- all of them are just delightful. As always, Andria has gathered wonderful items that have a common 'thread'. Andria your artist's eye is evident, not only in your weaving, jewelry, and fibers but also in your ability to discern quality wherever you look.

Congrats to all.
Colleen of
kcrlehrstudio.etsy.com

ara133photography said...

This is truly lovely! Very romantic, these are all wonderful!

marysworkshop said...

These are just gorgeous! It is wonderful visual storytelling, soft, moody and lovely.
Mary from
www.marysworkshop.etsy.com