I love primitive antiques! I appreciate well designed vernacular furniture with layers of finish, paint, wax and wear. I love the boxes, wood bowls and baskets that are often at primitive shows. Seeing thses things evokes old and buried memories of the dark antique shops, smelling of wax and linseed oil, that I grew up exploring in Maine and Indiana.
This is the furniture and details that I love and have in my home.
I hate tea stained pillow ticking bunny rabbits, dirt candles and contrived, (badly) artificially distressed pieces and other holdovers from the “country look”!
I hate the scenes and vinettes that collectors put together and share.
I don’t do that.
There is a show, A Simpler Thyme Primative Show, that makes its way through Noblesville a couple of times each year. I make a point of attending and always find something that interests me. One show I was able to examine and deconstruct a variety of bent wood apple baskets. The last visit I purchase a series of bird prints that led me to the discovery of a bird artist and naturalist, John Burroughs, that has been an inspiration to me. I was also able to examine the patina of several authentic shaker boxes.
These opportunities are rare in these parts.
At the last show it occurred to me that my bird carving fit the primitive niche as well as they fit the DIY and fine art niches. I poked around to find the organizer of the show and contacted her. I was too late for the show this weekend, but I’ve been put on the waiting list. I’ve been making flatties (Christmas Ornaments) and am well stocked for a show.
A Simpler Thyme Primative Show, Hamilton County Fairgrounds, Saturday, November 20, 10am – 4pm, $4.00