Friday, March 23, 2012

decorative arts

This a close up of some decorative tiles on a house in Croydon NSW.   There are a row of houses - each with a different set of tiles on them.  They are a delight to see and I am so glad that just about all the owners refrained from painting over or removing them.

The likes of ceramics, tiles, jewellery and embellished textiles have been consigned to the field of decorative art.   Wikipedia suggests that the terms decorative arts is traditionally a term for the design and manufacture of functional objects. It includes interior design, but not usually architecture. The decorative arts are often categorized in opposition to the "fine arts", namely, paintingdrawing,photography, and large-scale sculpture, which generally have no function other than to be seen. Decorative arts, or furnishings, may be fixed (for example, wallpaper), or moveable (for example, carpets). Applied art includes the decorative arts but also graphic design and other categories, such as industrial design, which may overlap with decorative art. In general the term "decorative art" is not much used of contemporary work, which tends to be called design whereas in art history the terms minor arts or lesser arts have been used which explains the contempt often expressed by those focused on 'fine art'.  Here is the link to Wiki to read more.

In my mind an artist created these little gems.  I will post more photos over time.

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