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Artistic style is the art of creating a recognizable visual signature. It’s the difference between “that picture looks like a Picasso” and “that picture doesn’t look like a Picasso.”
Hipsters are (incorrectly) credited with popularizing the term “aesthete” to describe those who appreciate art, but I think it’s more accurate to say that hipsters have popularized style as an aesthetic concept, one which can be applied to everything from fashion to food.
The original meaning of style, in contrast, was restricted to fine art. This is what makes the hipster appropriation so ironic: we’re seeing style being applied to everything but the fine arts, while art historians and critics seem determined to maintain the distinction.
There is a great difference between the art of the tailor and that of the artist. While the latter may be able to draw, paint and sculpt, the skill of the tailor is purely mechanical. The artist works at his craft with heart and soul, while the tailor is merely a cog in a machine.
Tailors are trained to fit their customers and to make them look good. They are also trained to work with fabric, but unlike artists they do not express themselves through the medium. The finished product is almost always more important than the creative process.
The artist expresses themselves in their work and tailors don’t. Their clients are just another canvas for them to display their art on.
Artists tend to be free spirits, who enjoy creating for its own sake, whereas tailors work for paychecks. Artists will experiment with new techniques, materials or designs if they feel it will further their art; tailors have no such freedom. Finally, artists are inspired by beauty; tailors are used to taking measurements.
Let’s start with a little history. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, there was a lot of interest in re-creating antique furniture because people were interested in preserving the past. The problem was that you couldn’t get old wood, so new wood was stained to look like old wood. In fact, most of the wood we see today is stained to look like old wood. Stain is strong material and will permanently color the wood. When it’s done right, we don’t even notice the color anymore because it looks natural. But just because it looks natural doesn’t mean it is natural.
The big breakthrough was when someone figured out how to make veneers that could be put on top of another veneer to create all kinds of unique grain patterns. Now, instead of having to take an existing piece of wood and stain it, they could make a new piece of wood look like anything they wanted using only the grain pattern as their guide. This allowed for much more creativity in design and made restoration much more accurate because you could replicate the exact grain pattern of the antique piece you were trying to copy, rather than having to guess at what it looked like by looking at the stain.
When we think about furniture from this period, we often