I think I've finally figured out what bothers me about the DIY-youth-craft movement, at least as it is portrayed by the media and occasionally as it is self-promoted. It's the same thing that bothered me about my sister-in-law when she was 22. It's probably a thing that plagues most 22 year olds, but she was the one I was hanging around with when I discovered that 22 year olds are really fucking annoying. They know everything! They find a way to agree with everyone! They know how to solve the world's ills! I'm sure I was like this too at one point, but now I am just a cold hard-hearted bitch who complains about kids today.
But as it applies to the craftina movement, these young things get so much media attention for reinventing the wheel. You know I'm no fan of rctn-Jim, that old fart who stitched the nekkid ladies. I don't care that he stitches nudies, he was just really annoying on the board. But lo, MrXStitch discovers naked stitching and it's new! That's because it's done by young people, people.
Half the time these craftalicious types don't even know their craft's jargon or you know, they use 6 strands of floss and call it "single." Or they put some dumb rap lyric on a sampler and call it hip. I recently got set off by a teenager who photographs Blythe dolls. She called them "expensive Japanese dolls." Well, real ones back in the day were made in Hong Kong, but my sister and I didn't have them in the 1970s because they were expensive. (Man, I wish I could find my old one now. I'd be rich!) Sure today they're Japanese and will set you back $60 but those aren't really Blythe dolls.
This is only one small example. I'm sure you have your own you'd like to share. And you're welcome to.
I'm thinking about starting a new blog. Old farts like me, and maybe you, stitch really "radical" things and get all smug about it. Who's in?