Monday, March 19, 2012

Tramp Art

Well, what in the world is tramp art you may ask?  What a funny name and how in the world did it deserve such a name?  

Tramp art is a woodworking style popularized in the late 1800s and early 1900s characterized by the notch carving and layering of many small pieces of wood on a variety of objects.  Recycled wood from cigar boxes was typically used.  These artist used materials around them - a good lesson in recycling!  Tramp art is also called folk art, naïve art, arts primitive, pop art, outsider art, traditional art and tribal art.   The style is though to have come from Germany and Scandinavia.