March 16, 2013

Vintage: The Lost Identity

 THIS IS A PICTURE HEAVY POST!!!!


As the title suggests...Vintage is actually losing its real identity in India!!! Not many crafters work in Vintage art forms and for those who do they restrict themselves to a few shades....Black, Brown, Whites and Off whites smudged with Distress Inks to give a worn out feeling...

 A little generic stuff  on Vintage:

Vintage, in wine making, is the process of picking grapes and creating the finished product. A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all, or primarily, grown and harvested in a single specified year. And like wise Vintage clothing is clothing which was produced 20 years before the present day is considered "Vintage " and yet they have something called Retro and Repro styles in Vintage collections!!

I wonder when the word includes "wine"..."retro" stuff etc how can it confine itself to just Black, Brown, White and Off Whites ...its surely has more to offer and this post is exactly for that purpose ...to increase our color spectrum on our casually used term "VINTAGE"

Vintage has broadly 3 categories : Shabby Chic, Altered and Grunge....

Shabby Chic: Shabby Chic involves distressing techniques, found objects, mixing patterns and textures with feminine sensibilities and floral motifs. The colors are soft and subdued...mostly pastels such as sky blue, rose pink and beige tones and tends to incorporate fabric and sewing techniques. Shabby chic styles are often heavily painted with many layers and sometimes uses a lot of flowers.







Altered: Altered artistes love distressed looks but where shabby chic favors white washing, altered favors coffee or tea staining. Altered art relies on recycled items, mostly commonly found books and magazine clippings. Color are rich and warm, and text pattern rules. Image transfers are a popular technique.





Grunge: Grunge is the happy reunion of shabby chic and altered art. It is anything soft and feminine (shabby chic) that is not afraid to get dirty (altered). Hallmarks of the style include inked anything, contrasting textures (silk fabric with hard metal accents) and mixing funky font styles, colors and patterns.











Some other colorful Vintage Color Palettes that you all can put to use for the Envelop Mini Album Swap.


The color palette and the translation of the colors below




















I hope we have increased the range of colors in your mind that fall under the term "VINTAGE" ...So happy crafting till our next post on Monochromatic Color Tones!!!

Disclaimer: All pictures and color palettes have been taken from Pinterest and Design Seeds

9 comments:

MEGHA-DT and free lancer at KB. said...

wow this is absolute knowledgable post . I also googled and read about vintage and whenever looks creation on indian blogs /others too , i get confused .This post is to be read by most of crafters .thanks you girls rock.i read it twice...all doubt clearnow.I am posting on my blog too.

Shalu said...

Thanks for sharing the knowledge...even i never tried vintage n quite afraid of this style...as m a new to crafting and stilla learner so this helps a much...nice to so many color options for vintage style other than the brown,offwhite etc.thank you!!

Pallavi said...

This is a great post.Well written and informative.Thanks for this Suamya.

Nan said...
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Nan said...

am going to bookmark this post for sure! Personally, my style is very CAS and I find it very difficult to switch. But this post explains things so well. And the colour swatches are absolutely priceless. Thanx a ton. You gals really rock!

Reusing with Quilling said...

This is very informative post ! Till now I thought vintage means distressing and brown shades only ..You have helped me and many like me to understand this concept !Thanks a lot !

Varshitha said...

THis is such a informative post... Earlier i was searching abt vintage, and our crafting vintage style came from vintage clothing style... but the way u have categorized n described with examples is jus awesome.... :)

Kishley said...

This is an awesome post! I am all so scared to try a vintage look cos i think i will not be able to do justice to the style! with this post, i can atleast attempt something in vintage style! :)

Sunehra Koshy said...

yup this has to be bookmarked - a very very useful post and so inspiring too.. such lovely colors, so many awesome projects to learn from.. super! Thanks ladies!