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Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Folk Art : Blessed are the sign makers
Signs create visual pollution in the modern environment, and the blot is even more noticeable on our tourist-beckoning landscape. However, a
hand-crafted sign has an intrinsic charm that speaks to us in a way that
computer-inscribed, factory-produced signage could never do; the
connection to the creator is tangible and the human imperfection is
endearing.Born of the need to make public messages at scale, and on a shoestring, the homemade style appeals to our sense of nostalgia by evoking the naive simplicity of a bygone era. Today's backyard sign makers work in a long and fine tradition, and this timeless art form sits well in our rural context.