“Your order is on its way.” Now that’s an e-mail subject line that always makes me giddy with excitement. This time around, the order is coming from someplace more exotic than my go-to Chinese fast food joint across the street. It’s traveling 9,000 kilometers. Shipping from Istanbul to Manila. And I am so excited to unwrap it when it arrives in 5 days. More on the contents of this package later.
You see, I’m renovating my new home, and with that comes my absolute favorite part: decorating. For me, the structure of the home is like a blank canvas. The décor is what gives it color, texture, vibe and personality. I love to hang art on the walls. And this post is all about how my art hunting has led me to wonderful sellers all over the world. With online shopping, the world is your marketplace for affordable art for your home.
I was inspired by 2 posts in the Style by Emily Henderson website, How to choose, frame and hang an art collection , and The guide to a well hung gallery wall (IKR. That’s a gallery wall that’s worth a gasp and a double take.) She wrote about sourcing art pieces conveniently on Etsy. Yes, that wonderful online marketplace for all things creative.
I happen to like Etsy a lot. I have the app and have ordered some unique stationery from Etsy sellers in the past, but never thought of it as a place to buy art. I was pleasantly surprised when I browsed around. Absolutely wonderful pieces, from affordable to expensive, from reproductions to originals. Different styles from classic, abstract, vintage to minimalist, using different media. And you have all the freedom to choose the pieces that you really like and make you smile. As Emily said, there’s no one to tell you which is good art or bad art.
So after a lot of browsing, I settled upon several pieces. There’s this wonderful store from Istanbul, Turkey, Wall Arty, that sells really attractive vintage prints and posters. Their vintage prints are sorted out in different themes like travel, movies, fashion, food, cars, motorcycling, sports, etc. They are printed in high resolution in the size of your choice. I was happy to see their buy-2-prints, get-1-free promotion for the holidays. (Prices start at around $16 or 800 pesos for the smallest poster prints size 11 by 14 inches.)
I found another nice seller, Social Print, owned and curated by Jev Kucerenko from Riga, Latvia. He has a wide collection of fine art reproductions of works by masters like Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse, Vermeer, Warhol, etc. His pieces are licensed for reproduction and are museum-quality printed on canvas. He uses the technique called giclee (“zhee-clay” which refers to fine art reproductions using high-quality inkjet printing). Imagine having a Van Gogh reproduction at just the price of a good sneaker. (By the way, Social Print’s shipping is free until 31st December. Prices start at around $19 or 980 pesos for the smallest canvas prints size 11 by 14 inches.)
Another wonderful product by Social Print are their photo collages. Just send Jev your favorite images, and he will transform it into a nice collage that he can print on photo paper or canvas of the size of your choice. Lovely way to display your memorable pics from Instagram. I am sure you can find local shops that can do the same photo collage for you, but shipping is free is so I’m taking advantage of this offer on Etsy. (Shipping time varies per seller, from 3 days to 2 weeks or more).
There’s another seller I like, DYA Studio, owned by artist Danushka Abeygoda from Perth, Australia. I love her modern abstract prints, especially the black and white pieces using watercolor which will look nice in the living room. They would go really well with any minimalist home design. Her pieces are even more affordable, because you simply purchase digital downloads of her pieces. Some of the digital downloads go for as low as $7 or about 300 pesos. Once you have downloaded and saved the file, you can just have it printed in the size of your choice and framed by your local shop. Inexpensive but attractive way to decorate your home with your own style. Can’t Wait To Decorate.