Enjoy your culture on Earth Day
I always put Earth Day and folk art together because folk art comes from the Earth. We look at nature and take something from it. This creative adaptation maks it ours. A bird singing is a new tune for a song, a fallen branch is made into a beautiful carved object, a piece of refuse becomes a new creation of use and beauty. This art comes from the soul of a person. It is a way to uniquely express ourselves. Every culture has a form of folk art, music, dancing and poetry.
My introduction to folk art came as a child visiting my relatives farm in Norway during haying season. Everyone was so excited and happy to work in the fields. The entire family helped dry the hay on homemade wooden racks. I was surprised at how adept my aunts were at picking up hay with wooden pitchforks. I vividly remember the rhythmic songs my relatives sang as they worked. My mother told me they were very old folk songs. Some of my aunts would do a little folk dancing, weaving in and out of the drying racks. It was such a joyful working experience.
I observed that my Norwegian family made much of their own equipment. They did Rosemåling on their cupboards and wood dishes and carved beautiful wooden doors and shutters. Whoever played a musical instrument, from a harmonica to a guitar, would play while everyone sang. My family even sang their prayers.
Folk art is something everyone can do. Many times it comes from the roots of your culture. It can be expressed as music, singing, art, crafts, woodworking, painting or sculpting. Folk art is different from fine art because it comes from everyday living.
Here are some different & unique expressions of folk art:
Use your child's drawings or paintings to decoupage your child's furniture or any wooden object.
Sand the edges of your child's art piece before you decoupage your item.