If you are from Detroit and you are a product of the 70’s and 80’s then you know this song. It’s. Classic.
It’s a commercial for the Detroit Institute of Arts. They’ve got art, but do you?
I don’t mean Museum Quality Collector ART. I just mean some scraps of paper mounted on your wall that speak to you. Something that lifts your soul. Something that reminds you of a faraway place or time. Or maybe it doesn’t remind you of a darn thing and that’s why you like it. But you gotta like it. And you gotta have art.
Art is what separates our homes from furniture show rooms. Art is what makes a home look collected over time. Art is what gives our rooms personality.
Remember Ode to a Green Purse? Or Making Art Out of Objects You Love? (I know, who can forget those oldie but goodies.) Art can be ANYTHING as long as YOU like it and it makes YOU feel good to look at it.
So are your walls still blank? Do you have framed pictures you hate shoved in the closet? Rip those bad boys apart and use the frames for something else. Hate the frames? Buy some spray paint. C’mon I’m giving you NO excuses on this.
Have you visited Etsy?? Etsy.com is a handmade marketplace online. To use Etsy’s words…”Etsy is the world’s most vibrant marketplace. Etsy celebrates individual creativity in design and craftsmanship by connecting unique people, stories, and items in a playful and meaningful way. Etsy provides a marketplace for crafters, artists, and collectors to sell their handmade creations, vintage goods and crafting supplies.” You can look for just about anything handmade and you will find it on Etsy.com.
Here are some examples–most of these pieces are available now and almost all that I chose as examples are under $50
Remember those frames full of the ugly art in your closet? Measure the frames first and then order something unframed that will fit into the old frames. I always make sure I can find a store bought frame…meaning I can go to Michael’s and buy the frame off of the shelf and THEN I buy the art. NEVER get art and then get it custom framed. Unless you have a lot of money. Then go ahead.
Aside from Etsy.com there are a gazillion other places online to find inexpensive gorgeous art. My friend from Jenny on the Spot got me hooked on Whatever… aka megduerksen.bigcartel.com. The Globes print is calling to me. Jenny does a spot on (get it? Jenny on the Spot?), anyway, Jenny does a spot on (still laughing about this) blog post which you can check out here. Please do. And check out Jenny’s blog–she’s as fun as Meg’s art.
And just because I alllllllllways like to come full circle on my posts…Remember The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) from above? Well, maybe you heard that Detroit is bankrupt? And maybe you heard about the poor DIA being sacrificed of its art to pay this debt!? Well when Winston Churchill was asked to cut arts funding in favor of the war effort he simply replied, “Then what are we fighting for?”
Save the Art! (Do that! Click on it!)
And save your house from looking like a furniture store.