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History of DIY –– from Punk to Everyday Culture

DIY (Do It Yourself) is a cultural phenomenon flourishing in many countries all over the world. This collection will focus on DIY culture in the West from the U.K. to the United States. The collection answers the question; where did the term DIY come from? It encompasses many ideas and practice of self-made-culture from home improvement, the alternative music scene, to arts and craft revolution we see spreading everywhere. 

From the home-improvement scene to the punk scene, DIY culture has a long and varied tradition. It has often inspired counterculture movements. Today people are shunning mainstream consumerism for self-made goods from DIY websites like Etsy. Individuals are building their furniture and making clothing, jewelry, and ceramic ware. The collection is for researchers of the DIY movement and artists alike looking for inspiration for their next project.


Lori Moody