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Past Times Newsletter - April 2002
The monthly newsletter from Ruby Lane Antiques, Collectibles,
Fine Art, and Arts & Crafts
Welcome to Past Times!
IN THIS ISSUE:
o FUN FACTS: Design Motifs of Years Past
o Arts and Crafts - The Journey - by Carol Augustine of All
Take this trivia quiz to see how well you know your fabric
motifs of years past. The answers follow:
1. There are are three well-known Napoleonic motifs: What Are
2. What was the Empress Josephine's Emblem?
3. What early 20th century style was known to depict birds of
paradise, the "Tree of Life" and furled, bannerlike ribbons?
4. The oak leaf motif was very popular in Ancient Roman,
Renaissance, Gothic, and Neoclassical periods. What more modern
movement has been known to use it frequently as well?
5. The majority of fabric motifs favored during the middle of
the 19th century fell into what two stylistic categories?
6. The acorn is found in a wide variety of historical motifs.
What does it symbolize?
7. Can you name the well-known 18th century style that
frequently included what could be described as singeries,
rocaille, scrollwork and chinoiserie birds and lanterns?
8. Heraldic motifs of helmets, shields, arms, stags, lions and
griffins to name a few, are thought to have been first used in
9. A flat linear design made of initials interwoven which
denotes ownership or patronage is called a what?
10. Fabric motifs of the late 19th century Aesthetic Movement
are known to depict what flower?
1.The bee, the swan, and the palm tree
2.The black swan, chosen because it pulled the chariot of Venus
3.The Tudor style
4.The Arts & Crafts movement
5.Classical Revival and Gothic Revival
6.The acorn symbolizes life, fecundity and immortality
7.The Rococo Style
8.The 12th century in feudal society
Source: The Style Sourcebook, The Definitive Illustrated
Directory of Fabrics, Paints, Wallpaper, Tiles and Flooring by
Judith Miller, published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang
AUGUSTINE OF ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL
Before the industrial revolution, Arts and Crafts was not a
phrase...it was a "way of life". Individuals used their hands
and imagination to create beautiful utilitarian items. Each
member of the community was dependent upon the other members to
live and thrive. They garnered from the good earth and animal
inhabitants the raw materials they needed to construct the tools
required to execute their craft and to create from nature the
things they required. They were not greedy, made enough to
satisfy demand and wasted very little. Each member brought to
the community table a skill that was beneficial to the group.
In rural areas, miles of land separated people but they lived a
life of total interdependence upon one another. They existed
not apart from each other but side by side, respectful of each
other and the environment.
With the invention of machinery, families moved away from rural
areas and into the cities, leaving behind traditions of family
and home life. The community became closer in proximity but
distant in their relationships with one another. No longer
dependent upon a single craftsman to complete a task, they
turned to purchasing mass-produced items. They believed it
would make for a better life, a less demanding existence and
offered them financial security. In so doing they sacrificed a
great deal and even now we do not truly appreciate what once
was. To this day, this is how we live. Year after year, we buy
disposable items and dump them back into our environment out of
habit and lack of understanding.
There is fresh energy stirring among this very special group of
people. The need to make something with their hands is becoming
stronger and harder to ignore. They hear the call to revive the
traditional ways from their fellows; individuals who are seeking
out and demanding good craftsmanship. With the aid of the
Internet, isolated individuals with remarkable skills are being
In response to the call and demand for quality, as well as to
provide a venue for this group of creative people, Ruby Lane
opened an Arts and Crafts lane this past year. This section
continues to grow with shops featuring artists, artisans and
craftspeople from around the world.
We invite you to visit Carol Augustine of All Things Beautiful
at All Things Beautiful
NOTE TO OUR READERS: Did you enjoy this article? In our
upcoming May issue you will find a link to the very first issue
of our new monthly newsletter dedicated completely to the
subject of Arts & Crafts! Once there, you'll have the option of
letting us know if you would like to begin receiving it every
month. Our regular monthly issue of Past Times will continue as
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