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Monday, December 24, 2007

When you care enough to send make fake the very best

First, there was wallpaper. In the 1980's, wallpaper was big. Then came the borders - to complement your wallpaper, or to use alone as an accent.

Then, some time in the 90's, faux techniques became The New Thing. Smooshing, stamping, stippling, stencilling - you could look like you had wallpaper without all the hassle and expense.


At some point, wallpaper companies started to sell wallpaper that looked like faux techniques - you could look like you had done a wall treatment without all the mess and fuss.


Art imitating life imitating art, or life imitating art imitating life?


Once upon a time, greeting cards were made by the nice people at Hallmark, Carlton, American Greetings, et al.


Then papercrafts became popular - why buy a card when you could create one yourself, complete with embellishments and personalization (or at least make one with a computer and ink-jet printer)?


Last week I had to pick up some things at the drugstore (like a new combination lock, for instance), and I picked up a Christmas card for The Gambler. Today I went to wrap his Far Side Calendar, and dug out the card. I noticed that the barcode/price blurb on the back was a sticker separate from the card. I wondered if it was because the original price was different, so I peeled it off. The card was blank underneath.


Weird.

I took a look at the back of the sticker - I noticed that there were bits of glitter on it.


Odd.


I looked at the card closely - it's a simple design.
The graphics and letters on the front are green glitter, slightly raised - the effect you would get if you drew/wrote them in glue and then sprinkled on glitter.The inside of the card is printed on a separate piece of paper, using a basic font.

Hmmm.


The card looks handmade. You need to examine it closely to determine that it was commercially made.


Art imitating life imitating art, or life imitating art imitating life?
What a weird world we live in.


Merry Christmas to all - hoping that the gifts of health, happiness and peace find their way into your lives.....with or without bar codes.

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Comments on "When you care enough to send make fake the very best"

 

Blogger Bridget said ... (Mon Dec 24, 08:12:00 PM EST) : 

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone at your house has a great one.

 

Blogger Bezzie said ... (Mon Dec 24, 10:52:00 PM EST) : 

You know, they make glue that already has glitter mixed in it now. Hee hee!

Merry Christmas!

 

Anonymous mjm knitting said ... (Tue Dec 25, 01:20:00 AM EST) : 

Happy Christmas!

All the best for 2008!

The purple purl is open new years day with a pyjama party from 12-5pm if you have the day off.

 

Blogger Somer said ... (Tue Dec 25, 06:09:00 PM EST) : 

Just what we needed :) to be confused by the products we purchase
Wishing you a Happy Christmas!

 

Blogger cpurl17 said ... (Wed Dec 26, 02:01:00 AM EST) : 

I feel like that when I find a great "vintage" item only to discover it's a well made fake from a factory overseas.


Hope you had a wonderful (fake free) Christmas!!

 

Anonymous Indigomouse said ... (Wed Dec 26, 02:42:00 PM EST) : 

It probably _is_ handmade...in a factory in China. I think things like this are examples of what happens when handicrafts become so popular to become fashionable, and then even those who don't craft want that look.

 

Blogger Bobbi said ... (Wed Dec 26, 07:35:00 PM EST) : 

weird. odd. funny :)

Hope you had a merry christmas!

 

Blogger Batty said ... (Wed Dec 26, 07:57:00 PM EST) : 

Yes, it's a strange world. Most definitely.

Merry (late) Christmas to you!

 

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