This time last week I was eagerly finishing my working day to rush home and pack for a long weekend in Melbourne. I have not been over east since we lived there back in 2013 (I can't believe it's been four years!) and up until now there really wasn't any particular need for me to go back.
Our time in beautiful Melbourne was short lived, spanning a total of 18 months from memory. After making the huge decision to uplift our lives and move, the universe had other plans and we were back to sunny Perth in under two years. Anyway, I digress...
Last weekends visit was a mix of both work (if you can even call it that) and pleasure (hello indulging on wine, food and shopping!) With the main reason for my visit being attending the Art for Interiors workshop hosted by The International School of Colour and Design.
I began the day well rested, caffeinated and seriously freezing - I forgot that Melbourne was actually Antartica. I've been studying with ISCD since the beginning of the year, but this was my first visit to the campus, and my inner nerd was excited! I met one of my educators along with other like-minded creatives from a variety of fields.
Originally the thought of sitting through a seven hour workshop on a Saturday had me like hmm, do I really want to do this, but I'm so glad I did. The day was full of amazing tips, art history, meaning, design principles, art references, I could actually go on forever! But for the sake of word count, I've summarised the day into five take-away tips for Art for Interiors.
- Numero Uno (or number one for those who are not fluent in Italian like I clearly am) Attend Local Art Events:
Sounds simple enough, but it's easy in this digital age to forget the importance of attending an event over simply stalking Instagram from the comfort of your couch - with wine in hand of course, because I like to appear cultured and sh*t when viewing art. Attending art events is a great way to get a snapshot of whats happening within the Australian art scene. Although many of us cannot afford majority of these contemporary artworks, just having an idea of whats going on in the art world can also help predict trends within the interiors and design industry. You may be surprised how often trending decorating art is questionably influenced by well known contemporary artists.
- #2 Know When To Invest:
To pay $100 for a print, or splurge on a piece you love (that may or may not set you back a mortgage payment, or two (yikes!) Look, I'm not advising you go blowing all your cash on art just for the sake of it, many artists offer a limited edition print range which makes otherwise unattainable art affordable. But there is something to be said about owning a piece that no one else does. There are two ways to go about this, you either love it and can not go on living your life without it (I generally fall into this category) or you see the value in investing in the piece; is the artist well known, are they deceased which means there is finite amount of the artist's work available, that kind of thing.
- #3 Frame it Baby:
The frame can make of break the piece, it can also make or break the budget. Anyone that's used a professional framer before knows that it can be a costly exercise, but it is something that should definitely be considered. If you have invested serious cash into your artwork, then you need to invest with a quality frame that will both protect and aesthetically do your artwork justice. On the other hand, if you are framing something of sentimental value rather than monetary, you can afford to cost cut with frames from Kmart, Ikea, etc. Without breaking the bank you can still pull together a collection of works, prints, photos, etc that look beautifully styled.
- #4 Hanging + #5 Placement:
Ok, I'm cringing as I write this, but I have been guilty of simply grabbing an artwork placing it at roughly eye-level on the wall and going, yeh that'll do (please forgive me art gods!) People my eyes have been opened, this is not the thing to do. Instead all pieces should have its central point 1500mm above the ground--yep! Also give the pieces enough space on the wall to speak for themselves, and if possible avoid having works on walls directly adjacent to each other.
Not only should colour and shape within pieces work, but the story behind the work should be considered too, art is of course a visual form of communication!
And there you have it! Was I a good student or what? Now time to start saving as since last weekend I've had an unwavering urge to purchase some artwork - hope the hubby isn't reading this...
Do you have any tips for purchasing, styling or towards art in general? Or a great story about how you came to own a special work? I would love to hear below.