The counter culture: while our parent’s (or grandparent’s) generation were passing the bong, taking acid and reading the Little Red School Book after tantric love making at the feet of in Indian guru we’re making cup cakes and embroidering owls onto retro gingham fabric… wait… I’m getting ahead of myself…
Let’s start here instead: The mass produced, the generic, the me-too bland mush of a disposable everything culture - it’s producing a backlash. The mainstream has always produced blow-back. For our parents the counterculture that resulted was about ‘tuning in, turning on and dropping out’ to quote Timothy Leary (I think). For us it’s Frankie Magazine, just kidding… it could be argued that our counter culture, is manifested in a search for the authentic and the real –the growing contemporary Arts and Crafts movement, the home made, handmade, home grown, free range organic thing, the low-fi, retro, comfort food thing and more; it’s all tied up in this search for authenticity. Maybe.
Which brings us to Lili Chin* and her beautiful blog http://www.weallscream.net with lovingly illustrated guides to making your own ice-cream.
We love it because it’s beautifully done, we love it because it personal, we love it because we love Lili – but we’re also interested in it because weallscream.net just may be one (very contemporary) way this search for authenticity is manifesting itself.
Now, we have no idea if Lili thinks this way, and we may have to interview her at some point, but it brings us to something we’re going to do – have a look at the whole ‘authenticity thing’ and have a poke around to see what we find.
Our journey begins soon and starts with the fabulous Lili – so keep an eye out for the first instalment of our search by Warhol’s Children’s Ruby Niemann.
*Lili Chin is a LA based designer and illustrator who actually spent a lot of time living in Sydney before Hollywood beckoned. She is officially one of Warhol’s Children’s favourite people. Google her.