Last night @mala described my design style as "cottagecore" and I've been thinking about that ever since?! I've mostly thought of my style as being some weird kind of vaporwave-fantasy combo.

But @fossandcrafts is *very* cottagecore (though I think that's @mlemweb's influence)

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@mala @mlemweb I do think we try to acknowledge the parts that are problematic about "cottagecore" type things on @fossandcrafts also, heh

(though I don't think we've used that term before on the podcast)

also I hadn't actually heard the term cottagecore before last night (though @mlemweb had) so I looked it up:

pretty good description there, and also good criticisms!

also here's the vaporwave page from the same wiki:

@cwebber @mala @fossandcrafts

I'd actually argue that episode 3 does a deep dive into one of the primary problematic aspects (idealizing a nostalgic past)

@cwebber @mala

I agree, most of the cottagecore elements of @fossandcrafts are related to the hand-made crafts aesthetic ;)

@mlemweb @cwebber @fossandcrafts (I admit I do not entirely know what cottagecore is, I just needed to say something pithy at that point in the sentence I was already speaking)

@cwebber @mlemweb

I was wondering...

Does the Biosphere 2 project count as cottagecore?

I mean this was kind of a goal...

"It is centered on ideas of simple living and harmony with nature. Themes associated with cottagecore include self-sufficiency, baking, and caring for people."

Just pay no attention to the basement full of machinery.

@alienghic @cwebber

I think conceptually yes, but aesthetically no? As far as I can tell (and I'm not an expert), the aesthetics of the cottagecore ideal are based on the nostalgic past of European farm life: long skirts, sweaters, wood/stucco construction/etc and the biosphere looked more futuristic but with lots of plants inside.

@mlemweb @cwebber

I think the Biosphere project totally misses the popular aesthetics while having pretty similar goals.

But I think it'd make a funny "Is this X" meme since there is overlap of goals.

@cwebber @mlemweb

I guess "new mexico adobe" is still aesthetically pretty far away from European cottages.

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