Shopping continued: artisan value brought to DIY art via children’s playgrounds and fugly car design

ar·ti·san –a person skilled in an applied art; a craftsperson. Textiles, design, fonts. These things give me pleasure every day. Which is great, because I am surrounded by them. My enjoyment is enhanced by exploring what has gone before; drawing threads of design out of the fabric of the past and re-stitching them in to the now. Many of us want ‘retro’ and ‘vintage’. The nostalgia of the old forms is appealing, as by definition they are established, and hence are still in sight despite the march of time. Their for-gone flair can temper the wilder forays of our contemporary design landscape. They ‘work’ reassuringly as design, and can interrupt as a benchmark for style; grounding and inspiring us.

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