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Art History Project- Welcome to Artisan Crafts!December is all about Artisan Crafts, baby! We are very excited to bring you a month full of articles, interviews and features about this wonderful world. But before we begin, what is exactly an artisan craft?
An artisan craft is a physical object made by an artisan completely by hand and usually in small quantities. Being an artisan, or a crafter, is being an artist that excels in the techniques of producing anything from a delicious meal to a deadly sword, from a cozy scarf to an adorable embroidery, from an elegant dress to a complete living room, from a cute plushie to a perfectly accurate doll, and so on.
Meet the Artisan Crafts GalleryTo kick off the craftiest month of the year, let me take you to a little tour around the Artisan Craft galleries deviantART has to offer! They will give you a good idea of how wide and rich the artisan crafts world is, and they may even inspire you to pick up a craft you always wanted to try or didn't even know existed :)
Anthro involves combining human motivation, characteristics, or
behaviour with inanimate objects, animals, plants, or natural phenomena.
In other words, animals or objects that act or resemble human nature in
some way.
Sub-galleries: Clothing, Costumes, Masks and Props & Accessories.
Note: This gallery is also taken care
Art History - Textiles FeaturesA Feature from the Textiles Gallery
Gallery Info: Textiles
Art created by using fabric and natural woven materials including
fashion/costume construction and hairpieces like wigs and falls.

:thumb340424639: BulbaShoes by Miss-Melis
Steampunk-Victorian cuffs PCCC33 by JanuaryGuest Kanzashi by MaryTonomura
Steampunk Woolen coat by VioletCats
Teacozy - Peppermint Pointsettia by RubyOfTrinity Chocolate and Roses Hat by NoFlutter
And some tutorials about textiles
Hat Tutorial by CosmiCosmosShoe painting tutorial by ArlequinneDoll hoodies tutorial Part 1 by KarenBJD
Can't get enough? Have a look at the gallery yourself!
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What is art history?
How to submit an article.
How to make a viking dressI used to be a part of one history reenactment group some time ago. Such groups basically reconstruct elements of daily life of people from a selected time period; my group was interested in early Middle Ages, from the 8th to the 11th century, from the Eastern and Northern Europe. Personally, I used to reconstruct a viking woman from today's Sweden areas. Most of you will be shocked, but vikings were not half-naked barbarians with horned helmets. They had no horned helmets. Really.
Anyway, my favourite part of reenactment has always been all the suit making. Buing materials, planning, cutting, sewing (hand sewing!), embroidering. Then, wearing. Generally, viking clothes are very easy to make, though I admit that the materials aren't the cheapest, if you want to make it as much accurate historically as you can.  

Our goal: a simple dress, no emboirdery. This is actually my first viking dress I've ever made.
I've prepared a simple tut
Artisan Crafts - Friday InterviewsIt's Artisan Crafts month at ArtHistoryProject, to celebrate I will be publishing interviews on every Friday of December.  These four interviews will feature very different artisans.
Interviewing FoldedWilderness
Origami is a very unique art form. When did you first develop an interest for it?
After seeing a great little origami dragon on a website, maybe two years ago, I decided I wanted to try and learn how to make it. It was then that I found out that there was a lot more to origami than I had previously thought. I have been enchanted by folding paper ever since.

How long does it take you on average to create an origami animal?
The times vary wildly from model to model. Some of the more complex ones I've folded took up to 10 hours total, if I include the painting time. There are a few in my gallery that can be done in 20 minutes or less. I have to mention that I am a bit of a
:thumb342636708: :thumb341152477: PapercuttingsPapercutting is an art form that has been seen all over the world, adapted to regional styles based on cultures. It should come as no surprise that the Chinese have the earliest forms of papercutting currently known to us as the 'ancestor to paper' has been found in China. This was dated as far back as 2nd century B.C. and is considered as important as their discovery of printmaking, gunpowder and the compass.

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Naturally as paper spread throughout the world this art form evolved, spreading all over the Far East through to the Middle East. For example Japanese Kirigami where origami folds are cut and Indian Sanjhi. 
This art form is popular to this very day, take renowned British artist Rob Ryan, which I am sure many of you here would have at least seen his work before! His work has been seen printed over everything you can think of, kitchenware, clothes, books and probably more!
Artisan Crafts - Friday InterviewsIt's Artisan Crafts month at ArtHistoryProject, to celebrate I will be publishing interviews on every Friday of December.  These four interviews will feature very different artisans.
Interviewing cakecrumbs
Where do you draw inspiration for creating art?
Via osmosis. It's actually amazing (and annoying) the times inspiration strikes. It's never the moments when I have freedom to make any creation and am desperately trying to think of a cool idea. I might be doing fieldwork or browsing the internet or a book or at a restaurant and see a concept or a shape and I start wondering, “How could I make that out of cake?” or “How can I put my own spin on this cake/dish?” Half the time I forget them. Often I’ll be lying in bed about to fall asleep and something will hit me. I’m known to leap out of bed at 3am and scribble ideas down. 

Do you se
An easy wire-wrapping tutorialWhen it comes to making jewerly, especially silver, wire-wrapping technique is one of the nicest consider the availability and costs of the materials (it definitely beats Art Clay Silver at these points). But before you get silver wire and start making such fabulous pieces like the ones I've featured in the end, it's good to take your first steps using something cheaper - and here comes the copper wire - and making something simpler, to get used to this lovely technique.
This tutorial I originally posted on my blog a couple of months ago and I thought about sharing it also here.

This is what we're planning to get.
First of all, we need stones - the more regular they are, the better. No need to think about any super duper expensive ones now (: I collected most of them in my garden, there are also parts of my old broken earrings and a small glass ball. We also need sharp pincers, round pincers and a wire, 0.6mm or thicker, 40cm at least. Copper wire i
:thumb344267042: Naalbinding
Guess: about which element from the picture above will be this article about?
About socks. And to be more precise -- about one really old technique of making them, older than crocheting and much older than knitting. Previously, you could read a simple tutorial about how to make a viking dress, and this little thing is strongly connected to the mentioned one. I'd not imagine a lack of these socks when some of the history reenactment events are early in April or in October, or exactly in winter. (Of course, the ones from the photo above are my summer socks, phew. You'll see my winter ones in the end.)
Besides being accurate historically and useful for history reenactment, I'm sure that you can admit how waaarm and comfortable can woolen socks be. There's nothing better to warm up your toes after you arrive home in December, all cold and tired... maybe except a nice bath, but noone says that you can't wea
Origami - Art of Paper FoldingOrigami is an art form that transforms paper into a sculpture through paper folding and sculpting techniques. Thus, cutting or gluing paper would not be considered to be origami, but 'kirigami' instead. The name 'Origami' is Japanese, in which 'Ori' is the Japanese word for folding, and 'kami' the word for paper.
It is generally believed that origami originated from Japan, but, as there are few records, this is not certain. Nevertheless, Japan developed origami into an intense art form that still exists to this day.
In the past, instructions for origami were passed down in spoken form and not written down. Some say that origami first originated in China in 1st Century, in which paper was then brought to Japan by Buddhist monks in 6th Century. Others claim that paper was made in the 8th Century by the Arabs, with Moors bringing the art of paper folding to Spain in the 12th Century. Spain then spread to South America, and as trade routes developed, origami was thus introduced to Europe a
Japanese TemariAn introduction to vast world of embroidered balls for ArtHistoryProject.
Temari, coming from words hand (te) and ball (mari), truly began as a simple toy. Around 7th century game Kemari (similar to hacky sack nowadays) derived from China's Cuju game was introduced in Japan. At first, it was played with leather ball. But as the ball games evolved into tossing and catching, first hand balls were created. Those were made mostly from scraps of old kimonos, wrapped with string so tightly that they would actually bounce.
Around 16th century, noblewomen started wind the balls with colorful silk threads and embroidering them. While competing with one another, the patterns would become more and more perfected and intriguing. Mothers gave temari to their children on New Year's Eve, not just for playing, but as a "love token". Inside some mari cores you could even find piece of paper with mother's
Artisan Crafts - Friday InterviewsIt's Artisan Crafts month at ArtHistoryProject, to celebrate I will be publishing interviews on every Friday of December. &nbsp;These four interviews will feature very different artisans.
Interviewing MandarinMoon
You use polymer clay in such an interesting way, when did you start realizing that you had your own unique style?
It was in the first six months I think. I wondered if I was developing my own style or if I was simply 'stuck in a rut' LOL

When did you first develop an interest for Polymer Clay?
It was in 2008 I believe. I was searching around on Etsy and kept seeing the words 'polymer clay'. I looked it up on the internet to see what it was and when I learned it was a clay that did not require a kiln I was intrigued!

Do you have any kind of polymer clay or jewelry design training?
No training at all....alth
Art History - Basketry and Weaving FeaturesA Feature from the Basketry and Weaving Gallery
Gallery Info: Basketry and Weaving
Anything woven, whether by hand or on a loom; baskets and other woven reed creations; dreamcatchers; other woven art.

Apollo by Arboris-SilvestreHorseshoe Dreamcatcher 15 by jedimarajade2
Tablet weaving by bt-v
:thumb337047132:Red and Black Bull Tiger by Squidfuchuan
And some tutorials about basketry and weaving
Herringbone rope Tutorial by CraftcoveBeaded Cupcake Tutorial P1 by MythrilAngelHow to Make a Dream Catcher by mamaslyth
Can't get enough? Have a look at the gallery yourself!
Helpful links:
What is art history?
How to submit an article.
Art History - Leatherwork FeaturesA Feature from the Leatherwork Gallery
Gallery Info: Leatherwork
Leatherworking using leather, suede, faux leather, or fur as a medium and including stamped flat pieces like belts to meticulously shape and stitch objects such as sandals, saddles, bags, clothing, chaps, etc.

Belt holder for bullwhip by JonzouBrown leather armor by vofffka
Tree of Gondor Bracer by Half-Goat
Steampunk Bobcat by Phoenix-CryChaos female armor torso front view by Deakath
Taxidermy Black Wolf Headdress II by NaturePunk
Celtic Leather Pocket by EruwaedhielEllethLarge Leather Koi Wall Art by Azmal
And some tutorials for leatherworking
Buffed Metal on Leather by Angelic-ArtisanLEATHER SPAULDER TUTORIAL by KiltedninjaLeather Mask Making Tutorial by Ranasp
Can't get enough? Have a look at the gallery yourself!
Helpful links:
Art History - Woodworking FeaturesA Feature from the Woodworking Gallery
Gallery Info: Woodworking
Artisan crafts created using wood as a medium and can include carvings, turnings, constructs (such as furniture, decks, wood patios, wood-frame buildings and other shelters, etc.), pyrography, marquetry/intarsia etc.

Lindwurm / dragon by PygrimMy First Pyrograph by TravisAitch
8GB USB Cufflinks - Paduak by back2root
Woodburned Clock by Mjfsuperstar92Celtic Box 2 by llinosevans
Mucha Pyrograph (Woodburning) - Coloured In by snazzie-designz
Skateboard bracelet 6.1 by elniniodelaschapasLord Of The Rings - Wood burning - Remake #2 by brandojones
And some tutorials about woodworking
[TUTORIAL] Felt on wood by EvanescentEventsMiniature Tree Decoration - TUTORIAL + VIDEO by abohemianbazaarWooden Scabbard Tutorial pt.1 by fixinman
Can't get enough? Have a look at the gallery yourself!
Helpful links:
What is art history?
:thumb341152514: A short history of QuiltingSince the history of quilting could easily fill a book and has in fact has filled many books, I'm going to keep this rather shorter. As it is a short overview there will be things left out that the more historically minded might miss but there are so many facets to quilting that I cannot include it all.
First of all some definitions to help you understand the terms I use:
- Patchwork is the sewing together of many pieces of fabrics to create a new larger piece of fabric that can then be used to make a quilt or a garment or anything else the maker chooses to make from it.
- Quilting is the layering of two fabrics with a filler layer in between that is then covered with lines or patterns of sewing stitches to hold the filling in place. In modern times it also often refers to a piece of patchwork that is given a backing and a filling and stitched through. In this article I will use both meanings.
Quilting has been around for at least 5000 years if not longer and used to pad fabrics for ma
Quilts on dA - A FeatureQuilting is one of the many Artisan crafts that takes a lot of time to get a result so even avid quilters don't submit many deviations in the course of a year.  As a result there are not as many quilts submitted to dA as for example polymer clay and jewellery items. To introduce you to the many variations in quilting styles and subjects on dA I've split them up into several subsections.
Single patch quilts
A one patch quilt is a quilt that uses a single shape to create the whole quilt - so just squares or rectangles etc.
3, 4 and 9 patch quilts
These are quilts that have a unit that is split into 3 or 9 subsections which can be a single piece of fabric or several sewn together to create part of a pattern.
Appliqué quilts

Appliqué quilts are quilts that have most if no
Artisan Crafts - Friday InterviewsIt's Artisan Crafts month at ArtHistoryProject, to celebrate I will be publishing interviews on every Friday of December. These four interviews will feature very different artisans.
Interviewing ArtisansdAzure
I realize that there is a whole team behind the creations of Artisans d’Azure. Did it start off as a team?
Well, everything started off during the summer of 2005 , when Samuel, the owner of "Les artisans d'Azure" and one of his friend made their first armor for a Live action roleplaying game. People were impressed, at this time armor was rare in our region even if LARP was popular. So Samuel began selling leather armor to his fellow players making his name as a fine artisan. In just one year, he needed to hire his first employee. A couple of years later, he opened the workshop and store "Les Artisans d'Azure" in Montreal that's when I (Marc) joined them. Actually we supply a bunch of website and store around the world for our product fro

They will all be shown in the Artisan Crafts Art History Gallery

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Talty Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Artisan Crafter
It was such a magical month! :love: I wish I could have made a bit more, but I didn't want to interfere to much... I was so happy to see the community get involved :D
STelari Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You missed my fantasy clothing feature (: [link]
DistortedSmile Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah sorry honey! Added :)
STelari Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's good to see all the articles together! It's been a fun month and been fun joining in but it wouldn't have been possible without you organising it all so thanks goes to you for setting it all up!
DistortedSmile Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahhhh thank you :hug: It's great fun to do!
Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D :hug:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Thank you for organising all the articles. It's been a pleasure to read them all and an honour to be a part of it. :dance:
DistortedSmile Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well thank you very much! :love: Luckily I adore what I do, so it's no bother :D
MadOldHag Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for sharing all these articles about crafts.
DistortedSmile Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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lexxii Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconclop); Best Wishes To You & The CR Staff & All Here :) :iconnewyearplz:
DistortedSmile Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Thank you, and to you too!
lexxii Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconclop0: Thanks :) :iconnewyearplz:
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