In Flickr there’s a lot of talented, creative and energetic crafters and some of them who love Yule have come together for a couple of Yules now to create a Holiday Ornament Swap…
I am tempted to join, but I have a problem… Even though I fully appreciate and acknowledge the swap members’ talent, creativity and work, I am picky… Damn picky. I would love to get SOME of the amazing ornaments the people have made… but I would HATE to get some others… I am fully aware that it’s MY problem.
I can’t understand the color combinations some people choose… Even if people are given colors – red, green and white – they manage to choose combinations that would force me to put the poor ornament out of its misery and probably give it to my mother, because I couldn’t throw away a piece of craft someone has put time, love and work to do… I at least EXPECT people to have put time, love and work to make these ornaments… Then there are people who HATE red, white and green, and LOVE blue and purple, and INSIST making the ornaments in blue and purple… *yuk*
There’s certain charm in “badly” made things, “primitive” things, and such, but the thing is that they are to be made “badly” with a lot of skills and good taste. And I’m sorry to say this, there’s “prims” that don’t look like they are made with skills and taste. Now, I’m not saying there are such in THIS group, I’m talking more out of my fears than experience and knowledge. This is very prejudicious post. PLEASE, don’t think I’m talking about YOU.
Anyway, I don’t appreciate ornaments in swaps like this that look like something I did when I wasn’t 10 yet…
Then there’s the “shabby chic” and kitsch… Now, kitsch is a VERY DELICATE ISSUE.
I generally dislike majolica. But then every now and then I meet a piece of majolica I LOVE. I dislike kitsch as well. Cupids and kittens and Victorian crap, a lot of glitter and “vintage” “retro” for the sake of nostalgy… you KNOW what I mean. And there too, every now and then I see a piece of kitsch that has “it”. But as kitsch is a VERY DELICATE ISSUE, it’s safer to say I don’t like kitsch at all… It takes just one tiny thing to make it SO WRONG instead of SO RIGHT.
For example these vintage ornaments. Red is ok, yellow is lovely, blue is WRONG!!! Why? Because of the HORRRRRRIBLE RED NOEL! Some people would think that red noel makes it just right, and that’s great, because the blue ornament deserves to be loved too, but what if I get that person as my swap pal? She will destroy my ornament with a tiny, ugly detail, because to HER it wasn’t good without it! *sigh*
Very close to shabby chic and kitsch is the gothic, macabre, cross, slightly sick sense of aesthetic – like Nightmare Before Christmas. That too has to be JUST RIGHT to be the least right.
Another thing is that I would like the effort and material costs to be somewhat equal, and I use myself as a meter. Well… it isn’t that hard to transfer a print on fabric and quickly sew a pillow of it or so, but a tissue paper snowflake… How ever skillfully done, it just doesn’t quite add up to the level. I know, I’m not actually qualified to criticize, as I participated in an ornament swap with small crocheted pickles – not very exciting or fancy, I admit. It didn’t take long and it really wasn’t up to the quality of the things in the Holiday Ornament Swap, but to my defense I can say I had A LOT to do… as always at this time of the year. If I’d participate in HOS, I’d start preparing the packages already in January. And I promise, it would be better than a Christmas Pickle. 😉 I might add a paper snowflake as a decoration or so…
Anyway… just bitching. But it’s good I won’t participate, as I’m so picky and impossible to please 🙂