Applied Arts is a type of artistic activity. The concept behind the term consists of two parts. The first and the main one is to decorate things, just like any art would do. But the second, more distinct peculiarity is the practical use of things. It’s like a painted cup. It doesn’t really need a color or decoration to perform its main function of drink container used for consumption of that particular beverage. So the applied arts connect the practical use of the object and the aesthetic pleasure given by the decoration with both simple color schemes or more complex design. The main task of these arts is to make the proprietary environment of someone more pleasing and appealing while keeping its basic functionality on a normal level. Applied arts are one of the biggest marketing tools.
A random object with a generic design appeals only to the need for its functionality, but when specific artistic methods are applied to it, the value jumps up as the customer likes the decorated thing more which results in bigger sales and revenue per item. This makes the applied arts popular equally among business people and those who love the aesthetic view. However, the term of applied arts also includes various movements spread across the world and timeline. These are Art Deco – a French influenced style of design, visuals, and architecture; Art Nouveau – late 1890s and early 1900s decorative arts style; Arts and Crafts movement – late 19th century style based on simple, almost medieval forms of art; Bauhaus – German style that flourished for 20 years since 1911; Productivism – originating in post-revolutionary Russia, based on simplicity and practical use.
Applied arts vary greatly, depending on the type of produced item, the technique and the material of that item. The products are furniture, clothes, dishes, jewelry, ceramics, faience, Italian rococo porcelain, carpets and tapestries, glass, crystal, mosaics and many more. As you have guessed, materials used in applied arts can be of any sort and origin. Wood, glass, stone, osier and all other natural materials as well as man-made plastic, paper, porcelain and so on. Craftsmen skilled in smithing, weaving, carving, painting are all producing goods related to the applied arts. Architecture is also considered a part of this type as since the ancient ages, people always tried to give their buildings unique and pleasant designs. Photography is also thought to be a part of applied arts if you’re looking at abstract and more creative components.