|I promise I am not as grouchy and Scrooge-like as I appear!|
Hopefully the reviews, arts posts, and links to musicians and films speak for themselves. The Gothic subculture is not just about imitating each other, it is a creative movement and subculture that grew out of post-punk and is based on seeing beauty in the dark places of the world, and looks back to the various ways throughout history in which people have confronted and explored the macabre, the dark and the taboo, and as such I'm going to post about more than the just the standards of the subculture (Tim Burton, Siouxsie Sioux and Anne Rice et al.) and look at things by people who might not consider themselves anything to do with the subculture, but have eyes for the dark places. Goth should not be limited by what is considered "goth", inspiration comes from all places, the key is to look with open eyes, listen carefully and think with an open mind.
Household crafts and creativity are not just for housewives and Martha Stewart, they are a way to become emancipated from living life according to what is on offer on the high-street, to reduce the amount of waste being thrown away, to live your own unique aesthetic and become more engaged with your material goods. Hopefully it is a way to realise owning stuff doesn't inherently make life better, and that making the most of what you already have does. Apart from all the pretentious-sounding philosophy, they're good fun, and that is probably the best reason of them all.