Diaper Art, Naturally
Yes, galleries of diaper art.
I recall a debate on a popular cloth diaper sewing email list in 2000 or so. Fuzbaby and I were not named, but the husband of one list member took exception to anyone using the phrase “diaper art,” which was then part of my well-known motto: “Diaper Art, Naturally.” This husband called himself an artist. I suspect he didn’t like the idea of what he considered a craft stealing the word “Art.”
When I was an Art major in college, I recall there being a big movement to use bodily fluids in art. I actually left the Fine Arts program in college because it was very much oriented toward wall art. I wanted to create art I could put on the floor and on people. There was no space for that in my program, so I escaped into academics with my three degrees of American Studies. But I realized all along that life is art. Let the babies have art!
If I combine the 1980s bodily fluids trend with John Cage’s 4’33” or his concept of Indeterminacy (that is, chance–both made visual, of course), why not extend the idea of art through the whole process to the baby who wears the diaper? There also seems a bit of Andy Warhol and “art is what you can get away with.” Why shouldn’t I sell art to parents to catch their baby’s waste? Why not make those shit catchers outrageously elaborate? I find that very funny. If art is entertainment, that works for me. It is also possible that there is a touch of hysteria in the hormonal world of early parenthood.
Still, if it makes you laugh. . . .
Out of the thousands of cloth diapers and wool diaper covers we manufactured since 1999, we offer a few as examples.
- Diaper Garden, a limited edition monthly collection of seasonal cloth diapers, covers, toys, and extras
- Elemental Refuz, made from recycled T-shirts
- Auctions & Donations, one of a kind diapers and covers, including a Polar bear coat, awards, & cards
- Elemental Diapers, organic cotton hand painted and hand printed by Fuzbaby
- Early Cloth Diapers, before we settled into dying and printing our own fabrics