Saturday, September 26, 2009

Well, it's been another busy couple of weeks at the store, and here we are on the precipice of Autumn. Already. So I was starting to think about holiday time already (after just one day of crisp cool Fall air) and was on, admiring the handiwork of so many wonderful artisans. I'm amazed daily at the talent that people have. I myself don't consider myself that talented. I get by, I admit, as someone who knows how to do a thing or two with paint and furniture. But sometimes i click on someone's site, and their work blows me away. "Now THAT is talent", is what I say to myself.
I met a woman today who makes clothing accessories out of tooled wool and recycled sweaters. Her work was so creative it made me want to cry. I felt pitifully inept in her presence. I said to myself, "SHE thought outside of the box. SHE invented something original. SHE has a point of view in her work". Have you heard this phrase before? (You have if you are a fan of Project Runway). "POINT OF VIEW". What that means is that your work has a style all it's own, one that reflects who you are as an artist. And if you are lucky, it is a body of work that no one else on the planet has ever thought of or created until now.
And then I remembered, that though this woman had a "point of view" that was individual, so did I. My work DOES stand apart from what others have done. Even when I know that others have done what I have done, and maybe even have done it better, it is still MY individuality, MY sense of personal style, that makes my work unique. And in seeing my work, maybe, just maybe, someone sees what I have done and says, "Now THAT'S talent".

Monday, September 14, 2009

Old is New or New is Old?

Hi there shabby's a submission for our blog from a wonderful woman named Wheezy who helps me at my shop in West Point, Pa. She has a wealth of knowledge and is an invaluable asset to my store! So...shout out to Wheezy! Here's what she wrote...

Old is New or New is Old?
Okay newbies...if you are reading this blurb on the blog you must be the proud owner of a computer...I will assume the bulk of you are under the age of forty. In the "antiques" business over the past twenty five years there have been major changes. I am one of those "dinosaurs" that have been in the business for the past thirty years and I am embracing the new movement, therefore my message to you.
A little history. Thirty years ago people "collected" it beer steings, mesh purses, hummels, Shelly, chintz, whatever. It was a quest to find another item to add and complete the collection. Young people today don't wish to possess the same things that grandma had-and very often those same items would not be practical in today's society. People today don't mind a flavor of the past-but wish it done in an up-to-date-fashion.
Makes me laugh...antique dealers were one of the original it restaining, recaning, etc. With today's fashion it is usually recycled, refurbished in a "pop" color or in a shade of white with a little distressing...for us today, eye candy. As with everything over time, different is acceptable. Twenty years ago if the paint was peeling or missing the furniture was not it is the "hot" fashion.
Twenty-five years ago I was in the quaint town of Red Bank, NJ shopping for that "vintage" piece. This piece of furniture had an original 1930's shade of green paint with a lot of "blemishes". The tag quoted the price and in it's description said "shabby chic"--this was long before point being "shabby chic" has been around a very long time. In fact, time for the length of skirts to go down again, no? Let me have your thoughts what direction you think home decor is leaning towards--and how the "Shabby Attic" can help you on this journey.