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The craftsman
Volume XXX, Number 2 (May 1916)

The new ideal of home-making in America: illustrated with pictures of one woman's work,   pp. 179-187 PDF (2.9 MB)


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THE NEW IDEAL OF HOME-MAKING IN
AMERICA: ILLUSTRATED WITH PICTURES
OF ONE WOMAN'S WORK
HE personality that culls much from life, that is sensi-
tive to color, line, sound; that gathers beauty from the
sight of apple-blossoms, the flight of a bird; that vi-
brates to Debussy or MacDowell, that is thrilled with
moonlight under a rose arbor, or with the touch of a
baby's little hand--such natures have it in their power
             to greatly enrich the world by giving out this joy and
beauty through some channel most suited to their nature. It may
be that the gift is returned to the world in an added sweetness and
beauty of feature or in a greater tenderness of heart, or it may return
through great deeds or through the genius that holds art. There
are endless ways that Nature's transmuted beauty may once more
reach her children. It may materialize into gardens, the making of
homes beautiful, or in clothes, for that matter, for clothes should be
very beautiful indeed. Of course, in the main they are not.
   So it is that the gatherer of loveliness may take her own joy and
re-create it in color or music, modeling or dancing. For art is only
the power, all too rare, of telling the world how nature inspires the
artist. And an artist is important-presupposing, of course, fluent
technique-as personality is rich, capable of accepting much and giv-
ing much. This is why there is no limit to tne variety and original-   A
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ity of art effort, why no country may ever furnish a permanent stand-  designed
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ard for artists, why art that is alive is ever changing, ever finding new
 painted by
birth and swift death.                                            Mrs. Truesdale.
   To those interested it seems as though it had remained for a
democratic nation to render art more democratic. Of course, primi-
tive people have always created their art for all their people; but
the more exclusive and ultra-civilized and aristocratic nations have
elected to separate art from the world at large, to have beauty only
in kings' palaces, forgetting that nature makes no such division and
will not long accept such a one. And here in America we have newly
awakened to a realization that all homes should be well built, beautiful
in architecture, that all these well-built homes should possess lovely
gardens made fair by the hand of the mistress, that the inside of the
home should express the personality of the woman who lives in it,
who is the spirit of it. In order to accomplish all these delightf      
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things it is necessary that American women should really learn/?o
understand gardening and should elect in many instances, more th6,h
we can compute, to become the decorators of their own houses.
   If there ever are excusable fads in the world, it is the fad of
 lecting beauty about one, the fad that makes a woman of means, 11,'1
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