Exciting news, folks! We have a fabulous prize for one lucky winner in next week’s 7 Vignettes Instagram challenge (starting on 1 June): two extra large canvases of your choice from Urban Road’s new collection, released this week. Which would you choose? I’d choose these two!
I’m a big fan of Urban Road. I have a couple of their canvases in my home and they always get comments. They’re releasing a new collection tomorrow but I have a first look at the designs for you. These lovely smudgy ikats, called Sienna and Spectrum, are my favourites.
Looking to brighten a dull space with a pretty print? Check out Pep & Me, a new online store showcasing an original collection of limited edition illustrations and prints by husband and wife graphic designers.
Pep & Me are the nicknames of co-founders Joe Puntoriero and Melanie Miles. “Pep is a nickname given to Joe from his first design role. Me is short for Mel,” Melanie explains. She says the name plays on the fun, quirky side of the brand, giving it a bit of character.
Originally creating pieces to act as inspiration for other projects she was working on, it was comments from friends and family on the artwork around the house that encouraged Melanie to take the next step. So she created an original set of illustrations and prints and opened an online store. [Read more...]
Hunting for George is an online boutique by Melbourne sisters Lucy Glade-Wright and Jo Harris. They just released their own range of black and white prints and you know how I like typography and affordable art!
Judging by the number of weddings I’ve been to where an excerpt from Dr Zeuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go is chosen as a reading, I’m guessing the above will be a big seller!
Artist Danielle Cross’s latest exhibition, Catalan Stripes, is a visual journey of her travels through the Catalan and Pyrenees-Orientales area on the border of France and Spain, and you can see her work for one night only in Sydney this month.
“It’s about innovative flair and creativity; the capacity to absorb and tolerate and the co-existence of the Catalan culture,” she told me. “The artworks represent an intersection of cultures and influences through colour, form, balance and process. Catalan Stripes captures an emotive memory in time and is a lesson on the value of earning your simplistic stripes!”
Buying art can be pretty daunting for the inexperienced. It may conjure up visions of snooty galleries and out-of-your-price-range paintings. But there really is so much joy to be had from buying a piece of art you love, whether it’s affordable or whether you save up for it because you know you’re going to have it for a lifetime. I bought my first painting from an older artist friend when I was 21 and I paid it off over six months. I still love it just as much, if not more.
I asked artist Bridget Dolan, who works on many commissions for interior designers and individuals, to share her top tips for buying art.
- The first step to finding the right piece of artwork is to look at as much art as you can. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of your own aesthetic and it will also give you greater confidence in the choices you make.
- A quick way to start looking is through websites like www.artwhatson.com.au There’s lots of work on these websites, and once you start looking it can feel overwhelming, so take care and note down your instant responses. [Read more...]
Sponsored by United Artworks
United Artworks is fast becoming a trusted source for affordable, original handpainted artworks and the new collections are already proving to be a hit with designers and stylists.
Here are just a few of the stunning new pieces arriving soon. The new collections represent everything that distinguishes the brand, with their exciting colour palette, textures and authenticity.
You’ll find many more designs, including all the new arrivals, at www.unitedartworks.com.au, where you can pre-order or purchase online. Free shipping on all orders, Australia wide.
I’ll make no bones about it. I’m a huge fan of Blacklist and they’re one of my first ports of call for affordable art. So I was delighted when they shared some exlcusive behind the scenes images from their recent photoshoot for their new collection Cross My Heart.
Almost entirely black and white, it is still instantly recognisable as their popular work and I’m already getting in a panic about which one I’d choose for myself. I love the flexibility of having something monochrome because it usually goes with everything and in any room! And I don’t need to remind you how much I love typography in all its forms. Hello, word nerd!
So why is this collection called Cross My Heart? “We believe in the power and romance of promise,” says Jaynie Johnson, one half of Blacklist with husband Nathan. “Cross My Heart saw us create something that was different from anything we’d ever done; a collection about promise only using a monochromatic palette.” (Well almost all monochrome, we’ll come to that later…).
Nathan and Jaynie, known for being a couple of romantics, were reflecting on the simple things, on contrasts and ultimately what mattered most. “As with everything we create, there is always an element of hope: as with the night, joy comes in the morning. So the final pieces we created were the colourful, hope-filled, ‘peace & love’, they are the lights at the end of the tunnel… the last page of the story.” [Read more...]
You may think bus scroll prints have had their day, but would a sporting version change your mind? Could it be just the thing to let the man in your life have some sporting memorabilia around the place without it looking (dare I say it?) ugly?
(Excuse me, that’s probably a sexist assumption, but I’m coming from a not-interested-in-sport-at-all stance!). Lynn Clift, the woman behind the idea, says she wants to bring style to the sports memento segment and ‘aesthetically challenged’ objects, often relegated to the pool room! [Read more...]