The other day in my post about folk art, and how Kim’s Roseville Album pattern strikes my folk art fancy, I failed to mention the word whimsy. Whimsy is one of my most FAVORITE words. Whimsy. Folk art, as I see it, comes from an object made for everyday use, but the maker/ARTIST creates the piece with style! Instead of being austere or stern in their approach, the maker imparts a sense of humor, fun and style that imbues the object with whimsy. Just because the weathervane needs to be functional, it need NOT be boring.
Baltimore Album quilts, while VERY beautiful, to me are rather boring. I appreciate the work(wo)manship and precision of execution. But you know what you’re going to see…each time you look at a Baltimore Album quilt. They are balanced, symmetrical, formal, and dare I say rigid…? They follow a prescribed and dictated formula which defines their style. Leaving little to no room for whimsy.
My mind’s eye and definition of folk art seem to be the reason Kim McLean’s designs ‘speak’ to me! Her art makes my soul sing and my heart dance! Here’s a look at those feet…
May your day have a bit of whimsy too…?! ; )