Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Kitsch 'Indian' :)

Kitsch is a German word denoting art that is considered an inferior, tasteless copy of anything and everything. The style of art or a worthless imitation of art of recognized value. It uses elements that may be thought of as cultural icons making cheap mass-produced objects that are unoriginal is associated with the concept as well. Kitsch also refers to the types of art those have aesthetic deficiency.

Let me show you a few but very interesting examples of Indian Kitsch Art :)


Food, Clothing and Shelter are the three basic needs of life. Food to survive and protect from diseases, house to live in, clothes for protection against climate, for modesty and beauty, and also to show status. The material that you use for clothing is called fabric. It’s a long process to get fabric for clothing. And I believe, if you use fabric you should little bit about how it reached from Fibre to Fabric.Justify Full

Do you know what fabrics are made of? Take a cloth and pull out a thread. Untwist to loosen this thread. You will see that it is made up of smaller threads or hair like strands. Pull out one of these. This single hair like strand is called a fibre.
A fibre is a hair like strand from which all fabrics are made.

Fibre Classification:

Natural Fibres:
Some fibres are obtained from natural sources, that is, from plants and
animals. Fibres from such sources are called natural fibres. Some examples of fibres from natural sources are cotton, Jute, silk, wool, etc.
Man-made Fibres:
The other type of fibres are obtained from chemical substance. These
are called manmade fibres. They are rayon, polyester, nylon, acrylic (cashmilon) etc.


Do you remember pulling a thread from a cloth and opening it? That thread which was made of fibres is called yarn.
A yarns is a continuous strand made up of a number of fibres which are twisted together.
The process of making yarns from fibres is called spinning.


Fabrics are made in two ways:
1. Weaving
2. Knitting

You all must have seen the seat of a chair or a chaarpai made with nylon or cotton. These are made with tape - when two sets of tapes are interlaced with each other at right angles.Similarily a fabric is also made by interlacing two sets of yarns at right angles. This whole process of interlacing two sets of yarns at right angles to make a fabric is called weaving.


Pick up a sweater and any other woven fabric and compare the two? Yes, in case of a sweater, there is interlocking of loops. You must have seen your mumma or grandma knitting sweaters with needles. If you try to do it yourself, you will see that every time you make new loops from previous ones the length increases. Knitting is also done on machines. Besides sweaters, you can make other garments also. For example, T-Shirts.

There is another innovative technique for making fabric called 'Nonwoven', which is neither woven nor knitted still used world-wide and very helpful for Sustainability...soon I'll discuss about this amazing fabric too.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

King of Pop Art, Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol (1928-87), was named Andrew Warhola by his parents when he was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1928. Andy showed an early talent in drawing and painting. In 1945 he entered the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) where he mastered in pictorial design. Moved to New York at the age of twenty-one to become a commercial artist. This occupation gave him experience in silkscreen printing, which became he medium of choice. Warhol began making paintings of familiar objects such as soup cans and brillo pads. After a short period of hand-painting these works, Warhol began to use mechanical techniques to mass-produce his images. His interest in popular culture expanded as he began to depict celebrities and newspaper clippings in his prints. Warhol also created films and worked with the rock band, The Velvet Underground.


An art movement and style that had its origins in England in the 1950s and made its way to the United States during the 1960s. Pop artists have focused attention upon familiar images of the popular culture such as billboards, comic strips, magazine advertisements, and consumer products. In many respects it was influenced by the consumer boom that followed the end of the Second World War, and greatly coincided with the youth and pop music phenomenon of the 50s and 60s. Acting as a reaction to abstract expressionism, Pop Art emphasisedthe kitschy elements of popular culture. With this art movement, came back the sharp paintwork and representational art and glorified unappreciated objects and ordinary business.

Leading artists:
Richard Hamilton (British, 1922-),
Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987),
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997),
Claes Oldenburg (American, 1929-),
Jasper Johns (American, 1930-), and
Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925-).

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