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You’re just in time for my guide to sourcing artwork and how to decorate with it in your home. Artwork, it’s the stuff that puts those finishing touches on the narrative of your home’s life story. Finding unique and cost effective artwork can be super tricky so, pay attention and make notes because I’m about to detail where to buy artwork in this second installment.
I’m fond of a little bit of DIY, especially when it means I get exactly what I have been visualising for months and months. On my various trips to every charity shop in Metro Sydney area, I always check the artwork area (obviously) not only for artwork but also for interesting frames (my art skills need all the help they can get). Never mind what’s inside, that cute little gold painted carved frame is only $5 and you must have it! I’ve been collecting frames for the last few months with the intention of DIY’ing my own abstract artwork to place inside.
Abstract is the only kind of art I know how to do because you can’t get it wrong… at least according to me.
I purchased some paints and canvas from my local art store and asked the helpful lady what kind of paint was suitable for my project. I knew I wanted to use oil paints to achieve the ‘raised 3D feeling’ based on my art inspirations. I was careful to choose colours that pick up on and compliment existing hues in my space so that they do a really practical job of tying everything together. I planned for these pieces to sit on my new living room buffet – I’ll be delving deeper into artwork placement next time!
This is a big one. A lot of things need to come into making this happen for you, it’s a little bit of luck and a whole lot of perseverance. The majority of the artwork I own has been purchased from second-hand stores such as Lunatiques in Mascot, The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre in Marrickville, Reverse Garbage in Marrickville and various charity shops around Sydney (Vinnies, Salvo’s etc).
I find the best quality and most unique artwork pieces at second hand shops.
You will find small nicks in the frame and glass will need to be cleaned but it’s all worth it to have a piece of artwork that has a history (even though this history may be a mystery to you) . Finding unique artwork is so tricky, especially in this climate where mass-produced copies of the same photograph or watercolour painting are found in every home for sale and every second friend’s apartment. Let’s be the one who thinks outside the box…
I’ve mentioned Third Drawer Down before because I love, love, love this brand and the amazing range of artist & designer collaborated pieces they produce. Their tag line “Making Art Accessible Since 2003” is 100% true (could be catchier though, I might email them with some ideas).
My faaaaaavourite range that they sell is their tea towel collection, I am constantly browsing their website for the newest instalments and checking which new artists they’re working with. You can frame them up easily as they fit perfectly into Ikea frames and they range from $25 each! Couldn’t get better! If you get tired of your tea towel artwork after a few years, you can even retire him to the kitchen for a while. No risk, all reward. Some of the amazing artists they collaborate are: Ai Weiwei, David Shrigley, Yayoi Kusama, Frances Cannon & so many more amazing people. Go there, here!
Now that we’ve fully uncovered the best places to find affordable and authentic artwork, you’re ready to start sourcing pieces that speak to you and represent your personality. Next time in ‘My Top Artwork Tips! Artwork, How to Get it & Where to Put It’, we’ll work through where in your home are the best spaces to display your artwork and how!
I’m super excited!
Until next time! xx