Folk art, paintings, sculptures, or crafts created by individuals according to local needs, tastes and traditions. Folk art is most often functional and representative of everyday life. In the United States folk artists have designed shop signs, weather vanes, and decoys. Craftworkers have made kitchen utensils, dishes, quilts, and furniture according to the needs of the community. The portrayal of everyday life in the objects of folk art makes it a valuable source of history.