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Cottagecore? August 15, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Huh? Recently the creature offered the opinion that the interior of a house was brilliant because it was a cross between cottagecore and minimalism. WTF? I’d never heard of cottagecore, but it is most definitely a thing. Apparently it celebrates traditional skills and crafts…

According to wiki it is

 ..related to similar nostalgic aesthetic movements such as grandmacore, farmcore, goblincore and faeriecore.[1]  According to its proponents, the ideas of cottagecore can help to satisfy a popular desire for “an aspirational form of nostalgia” as well as an escape from many forms of stress and trauma.[1] The New York Times termed it a reaction to hustle culture and the advent of personal branding.

Okay I kind of like at least half of those ‘cores’.

Not only but also:

The movement gained further traction in many online spheres and on social media due to the mass quarantining in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]  [3] Accordingly, it has been described by The Guardian as a “visual and lifestyle movement designed to fetishize the wholesome purity of the outdoors.”[2] It emphasizes simplicity and the soft peacefulness of the pastoral life as an escape from the dangers of the modern world.[4]

That’s me and popular culture waving farewell. I am now well behind the curve.

Though one thing caught my eye, in the extended definition of cottagecore… “traditional skills and crafts such as foraging, baking and pottery,”are mentioned.

Foraging they say. Useful if the creature could be persuaded to do some of that.


1. yourcousin - August 15, 2020

I’d like to know where you keep the potter’s wheel?

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WorldbyStorm - August 15, 2020

Hmmmm. You’d wonder how much of this is a visual as during from lived aesthetic.


2. rockroots - August 15, 2020

a “visual and lifestyle movement designed to fetishize the wholesome purity of the outdoors.”

So… presumably, leaving out the poverty, lack of electricity and sanitation and the having to carry buckets of water from a well a couple of times a day?

Bloody hipsters.

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WorldbyStorm - August 15, 2020

That’d be the one! Amazing how the sheer grind of rural living escapes some or perhaps not given how romanticised it all is.

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alanmyler - August 15, 2020

Rural living is great but that’s a completely different thing to making a living from farming, however traditional the overlap between those two there’s definitely no automatic assumption these days that one dictates the other.

Can’t say I’d heard of those *core things either.

As to the romanticised ideal of country life, the thing that nobody tells you about when you’re contemplating leaving the city to spend your life as a narodnik is the bloody flies. I trimmed the garden hedge the other day, it’s a lovely healthy beech hedge that we planted after we moved in, so there’s quite a bit if it, but jesus the flies, I was absolutely eaten by the feckers. I’m a walking advertisement for calomine lotion today and chomping on the antihistamines to try to suppress the itch. So yeah, country life is great, don’t get me wrong, but the flies man, the flies.

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WorldbyStorm - August 15, 2020

Yes, am spending the weekend outside Dublin and the flies particularly in the evening … 😦


tafkaGW - August 17, 2020

Hail Beelzebub! I know what you mean about the flies. And the midges.

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benmadigan - August 16, 2020

am not a country person.

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3. Phil - August 15, 2020

Bizarrely, this came up in conversation this morning. Younger Offspring said the Moomins were having a bit of a vogue, and this had to do with cottagecore. We asked for more details.

YO: It’s sort of a fantasy of living in a Studio Ghibli movie.
Older Offspring: What, _Spirited Away_? _Howl’s Moving Castle_? _Pom Poko_? _The Grave of the Fireflies_?
YO: OK… it’s a fantasy of living in _My Neighbour Totoro_.

We then got on to talking about _My Neighbour Totoro_ (and how it was originally released as a double bill with _The Grave of the Fireflies_), so that was it for cottagecore.


WorldbyStorm - August 15, 2020

Excellent. And just checking the creature says yuh-huh to the ideaMy Neighbour Totoro is cottagecore so they’re in agreement.


4. roddy - August 16, 2020

You townies don’t get how stressful the country is.I had a job to do today and decided to get it sorted early.Left the house at 7.00 AM and fought my way through hordes of peopole.Actually for the first 10 miles ,I did not encounter a single vehicle.The only signs of life were 3 people in my local village gingerly making their way to the supermarket (the morning after the night before purchases at off licence dept of shop) and a solitary cyclist!

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crocodileshoes - August 16, 2020

I gather that David Beckham is a key figure in this ‘cottagecore’ carry on. That’s enough for me.

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WorldbyStorm - August 16, 2020

So what time will you be doing the baking and hand crafted pottery? 😉

But seriously you’re spot on, it is hard work and stressful and difficult not to feel some pushing this stuff are playing at it.


tafkaGW - August 17, 2020

It’s the hand-crafted poetry that you really have to watch out for.

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5. gypsybhoy69 - August 17, 2020
6. tafkaGW - August 17, 2020

Actually one of the offspring mentioned ‘cottagecore’, or something similar, the other day, and then proceeded to learn crocheting in a couple of days. I wish I was that clever.

The term just went over my head however.

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WorldbyStorm - August 17, 2020

Well, hard to argue it’s a bad thing to learn stuff like that. I once did an embroidery block in college. Went in thinking it wouldn’t be of any interest and came out realising how intricate and complex it is. And I’m always minded of what Gandhi said about the sowing machine “one of the few useful things ever invented”


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