I appreciate art, but I especially appreciate practical art — clothing, rugs, bowls, furniture, houses, et cetera — items that are well-made, beautiful, and useable in everyday life. Bonus points for natural materials (i.e. not plastic) and/or recycling materials.
Fort Campbell, KY, has a very nice, small, military museum, packed with a lot of exhibits. Being a fiber person, what really caught my eye was this:
The sign with the exhibit said: “Dutch girl’s parachute dress. This dress was made for a Dutch Child shortly after ‘Market Garden’ (Sept. 1944) using parachutes recovered from the drop zones. Colored resupply parachutes supplied the colored threads used in the dress.” (Operation Market Garden was an unsuccessful Allied military operation in the Netherlands during World War II. It was the largest airborne operation up to that time.)
It was World War II, supplies were scarce or non-existent, especially with armies all around. And some Dutch woman took these tools of war, and turned them into a little girl’s dress.