An old publication but a new one for me Raw Vison is the only internatioanl journal of Outsider Art.
First published in 1989 it has continually given an insight into the art of the “unknown, untrained geniuses” who are the flip side to the increasingly corporate world of the Art world as we know it. Outsider Artists are uninfluenced by institutionalized contemporary art, often inventing their own forms and techniques, their work is more raw and instinctive and we are often led into the private world of the artists in a way which is often not possible with regular contemporary art. It also allows us to have a more intimate and personal connection to the work and to the artist themselves.
Outsider and especially Folk Art are also gaining in popularity in the world of Fashion, Textiles and Design. They fit nicely into the continuing trend for all things “hand-crafted” and “Artisanal” and as people continue to look for more local made, honest and personal product choices when shopping.