Tramp art: A Folk art Phenomenonby Helaine Fendelman, Jonathan Taylor
Long stored away in attics and basements, tramp art holds a unique place in the canon of American folk art. Primitive yet astoundingly intricate in their construction, these decorative objects are made through a process of layering elaborately notched pieces of wood to create ornate and multidimensional surfaces for boxes, picture frames, and other tabletop items, as well as full-sized furniture pieces. Created during the Great Depression by itinerants, tramp art was often traded for food. All of the wood used was scrap and discard, mostly from wooden cigar boxes. Though there were never any written instructions, the technique for construction was apparently passed on like a secret family recipe.
Tramp Art: A Folk Art Phenomenon and the resulting exhibition consists of newly discovered pieces, many of them rare and unique, all of them significant. The catalog will also include photographs of historic precursors to and European examples of the craft.
- Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
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- 10.11(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.55(d)
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