Saturday, June 2, 2007
Popsicle™ Stick Purse. Funky shape and sturdy plastic handle. Sticks are glued together and simple hardware is screwed in. Could have been made in the ‘40s with the groovy wooden, painted ‘shroom applied decades later, but suspect it to be from the late 1960s or early 1970s. This type of purse was originally a form of “prison art”—craft therapy for the incarcerated—but bored homemakers got into the act somewhere along the way. I’ve also heard it referred to as “folk art” and “tramp art.” I have a bunch of Popsicle™—or “craft”—stick purses in different shapes and sizes—with and without adornment. I like this one because it combines the elements of ice cream innocence with hallucinogenic fungi.