Simple "arts and crafts" projects are a common elementary and middle school activity in both mainstream and alternative education systems around the world.
Even though e-commerce is growing, Dickerson says, the vast majority of retail sales still happen offline. So, Etsy partnered with the Williams-Sonoma retail chain West Elm.
Factories And Homemakers: But that also means that Etsy sellers will be in some shopping malls. "It goes back to the ideology — isn’t Etsy supposed to be a response to the mall? Aren’t we tearing down the mall?" Walker says. "I think that the new thinking is, instead of fighting traditional retail, we should figure out ways to infiltrate traditional retail on our own terms."
Secondary schools and college and university art departments increasingly provide elective options for more handicraft-based arts, in addition to formal "fine arts", a distinction that continues to fade throughout the years, especially with the rise of studio craft, i.e. the use of traditional handicrafting techniques by professional fine artists.
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