Did you read Julie Burchill’s comment piece in the Observer at the weekend? She was opining that our love affair with thrift, craft and homemaking is not just conservative but Conservative, and that a love of vintage is hankering after the symbols of a racist, homophobic, classist, sexist past. She also has a go at Jeneatte Winterson and Dolce and Gabbana. What fun! She calls ‘Keep Calm’ the ‘You don’t have to be mad to work here’ of the decade. Bravo.
As often with Julie I agree… sort of. The elevation of homemaking does strike me as not only twee but also a bit tyrannical and competitive. Interiors bloggers I’m talking to YOU! It’s women, after all, who are sanding farmhouse tables, patchworking for posterity and making chutney. We had to do all that in the past because life was hard and ladies weren’t meant to go in the pub on their own. Are we romanticising something unhealthy and restrictive? But then… I spend as much time rearranging roses in jam jars as the next homes blogger, and it’s very soothing. There are lots of ways to be creative, or even just busy. And homemade chutney can be delicious. What do you think?