White T Shirts. They’re boring. There, I said it. Well, the appearance is anyway. The history of the garment is actually quite interesting. While white Ts as we know them were technically invented in the mid 19th century, they’re popularity truly blossomed during the turn of the 20th century. During this time, they were used as “undergarments” for US soldiers fighting in WWI. (Given that their previous undergarments were made of wool, this was a celebrated change). After their explosive popularity as part of the Military Industrial Complex, it wasn’t long before White Ts spread to the USA’s second most powerful institution: Professional Sports. Their popularity and ease of production inspired team owners to brand them with Team Logos and the names of athletes. (Citation: those things are everywhere!) The White T’s current cultural association with disaffected rebels was solidified in the 1950’s, with it’s use as the apparel of Marlon “Hubba Hubba” Brando, in the hit film A Streetcar Named Desire.
*Information presented above comes from an article on sanest.com
History may be important, but the Future is NOW! And NOW is where YOU live! Those White T’s you got in a 6-pack from your last 'impulse buy' might have done it for Marlon “Superman’s Dad” Brando, but you can’t live in shadow of a Hollywood Dreamboat! Those things need some TLC! One method of applying said TLC is via Sponge Painting. How does one Sponge Paint a T Shirt? Watch the video below to find out!
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There’s no limit to the breadth of human self-expression. There are however, a few logistical issues when it comes to taking that self-expression on the go. Murals might make for a good installation piece, but most establishments don’t appreciate your bringing your own walls and ceiling. Interpretive Dance requires nothing more than your own body, but it won’t make you any friends while you’re on line at the Super Market. Accessorizing you car is an effective way to get noticed, but it may invoke the wrong type of attention when those accessories go flying off on the highway. Based on these examples, we can establish our criteria: The means of self-expression must be portable, compatible with normal activities, and not leave one liable for criminal negligence. One such means would be a decorated Tote Bag! Watch the video below for instructions on making your own.
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Since the dawn of man, people across nations, cultures, and other dividing lines have grappled with this common problem: My kids are bored, what do I do to keep them entertained? Various methods have been implemented across the millennia, ranging from Story Telling to Gladiatorial Combat (the latter was particularly popular among everyone, baring the gladiators). However, if you’re looking to not only entertain the youth, but also engaged their creativity, there is but one true answer…Arts and Crafts! However, this path leads to a further dilemma; what TYPE of craft shall they make? Painting a picture of the family pet, composing a song about your love of string cheese, or maybe sewing wallets in a Chinese sweatshop? So many wonderful options! To help get you started on your path to creative self-expression, we at The Eclectic Chic Boutique have create a series of video tutorials called “Fashion Arts.” These videos will teach you and your children how to turn simple clothes into one of a kind fashion statements! In this video, you’ll learn to make your own Painted Baseball Cap!
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Creative and Instructional Craft Classes, Workshops, and Camps taught by Local Artists. We have classes for Adults and Kids with many of our craft classes online or in-person in Montclair, NJ.
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