Art

Little Paper Planes

It’s never too late to start an art collection, and don’t you dare say you can’t afford it because there’s several sites out there that will prove you wrong. Maybe you can’t afford big-city-major-gallery-brand-name art (goodness knows most of us can’t), but there’s quite a bit of ‘budget’ art that runs around $20-$100 for smaller prints. I personally got lost on Little Paper Planes* the other day, and ended up buying three small prints for under $100, which is not bad at all. So, if you’ve got some blank walls begging for a lil’ bit of art, check it out.

shown above, left to right:

Sweet Like Harmony Print by Kelly Allen, $65.00
Christie Print by Alika Cooper, $50.00
Helen Ireland Print by Erin Gilkes, $20.00
Julia Rothman Letterpress Print by Julia Rothman, $25.00
Universe Kite Print by Brandi Strickland, $30.00

*and no, they didn’t pay us to plug their site, just in case you were feeling skeptical.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy Little Paper Planes here

Fingers by Nik Ramage

You say whaaa? Well, it’s an eternally tapping copy of the artistís (Nik Ramage) own hand. You simply flick a switch to start or stop the resin cast fingers tapping. You know, so you don’t have to do it yourself, which frees you up for other important matters. Well worth £480, right?… Er, if you’re swimming in cash, that is.

Materials: Cast resin, steel and motor.
Dimensions: Human hand.
Power: 2 x AA Batteries (included)
Edition: 10 artist’s proofs. (Only 1 remaining)
Colour: Masking Tape.

Purchase Information:

Price: £480.00
Availability: Buy Fingers by Nik Ramage here

Custom Nesting Dolls

I love, love, love these custom nesting dolls by Hally McGehean. There’s fashion mag pics and vintage photography to choose from, or whatever else if you go the custom route. You can even get a little racy with photos of yourself (in various undress) if you’ve the guts. Love it.

shown above: 5 EX BOYFRIENDS, nesting dolls
set of 5 wooden decoupaged nesting dolls, signed, dated, and numbered.

Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Availability: Buy Custom Nesting Dolls here

Source: Incredible Things

FOOD Print by beauchamping

If you look closely at the top print, you can see the animals’ shadows make a sentence. I’d seen the ‘STATES UNITED’ print (bottom right) before somewhere, but looking at the whole collection of prints makes me appreciate each individual one even more.

*All prints are created using a xylene transfer process*. Itís like a screenprint, but without the screen, and the artwork is hand-transferred inch by inch over a long hour. Each xylene print is an original, slightly different from the last, all signed and numbered.

FOOD (2009), 30 ◊ 22 inches, $75.00
ALPHABET (2009), 30 x 22 inches, $75.00
STATES UNITED (2009), 22 x 30 inches, $75.00

Visit beauchamping’s Etsy shop.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Availability: Buy FOOD Print by beauchamping here

Metal Heart with Spheric Sound

This metal heart ‘emits a soft spheric’ sound so that when you’re crying yourself to sleep on Valentine’s Day you’ll have some comfort. Just kidding. Forgo those lame boring valentine’s gifts (roses, candy, blah) for this little gift, because it’ll last a heck of a lot longer and it looks waaay better than any red/pink-plastic/cellophane-stuffed-bear/basket type of thing. Pair it with a sentimental note and you’re done*.

If you’re still looking for a gift, by the way, you can always take a gander at our Gift Guide. It’s chockfull of easy-to-browse thumbnails of almost everything that we’ve ever posted that could be a decent gift.

Polished Aluminum.
4″ diameter

*unless your significant other is a gold-digger, in which case be prepared to duck and/or dodge when he or she throws it at you.

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Availability: Buy Metal Heart with Spheric Sound here

Chambre avec Vue by Kenzo Minami

Talk about wall art, this huge mural is one heck of a commitment. You can order whatever size you want, of course, but seeing it this size sure makes an impact, doesn’t it?

With this wallpaper, you choose the custom size you want, Height x Width and the design will be scaled to that size. It will come in self adhesive strips that overlap to make a seamless, large scale mural.

Production fee: $500.00 plus $6.44/sq ft.

Purchase Information:

Price: $500.00+
Availability: Buy Chambre avec Vue by Kenzo Minami here

Art History Print by Vuk Vidor

Think of this print as an expensive cheat sheet.

The prize for the best art history goes without doubt to Vuk Vidor, an artist from Belgrade working in Paris. His mural called ‘Art History’ is a list; on each line he links an artist to his/her cultural impact in three words. He is so efficient that he tackles over 30 in his piece. So for example he writes ‘Mondrian owns Geometry’, ‘Pollock owns Drippings’, ‘Warhol owns Pop’, ‘Botero owns Fat’ and ‘Munch owns Despair’.

Art history (part one – version C)
Medium silkscreen
Size 41.4 x 29.3 in. / 105.2 x 74.3 cm. Year 2004 – 2009 Edition 200
Misc. Signed

Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00
Availability: Buy Art History Print by Vuk Vidor here

Mini Forest of Woods

This incredibly charming and handcrafted set of trees is currently sold out at the moment, but I couldn’t resist sharing them with you.

The Mini Forest of Woods is a nine piece set of various types of scrap wood turned into a forest. Every set is unique as each piece is turned from a different piece of scrap wood. The Mini Forest of Woods is a limited edition of 5 sets. Tallest tree is 7″.

Given that these are limited to editions of 5, I would definitely get in touch with the designer if you are interested in purchasing a set.

Designer:† Mark Giglio from design studio Pen Pencil Stencil.

Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Availability: Buy Mini Forest of Woods here

embroidered poetry paper

If you have any ounce of craft talent whatsoever, this could be an excellent keepsake to create for your nearest and dearest. Whatever the sentiments, it’s sure to make a much longer impression than any piece of paper.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: twine

Bubble Bank

I’d wager a guess that you’d want to treat this more as a sort of objet d’art than an actual functioning bank as you’d have to break it to cash in, which would be a mighty shame. The way things are going some coins will obsolete soon anyways, so you could get a start on your own tiny museum of pennies, nickels and dimes.

designer: Leon Ransmeier
Handblown glass.
Approx. diam. 8″

Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Availability: Buy Bubble Bank here

Michael Leon x Bodega wall art

Before you go saying you’re sick of vinyl wall art, take note of Bodega. There’s a few finds worth considering for that empty wall space.

36″ x 48″ or 91.45cm x 122cm

Purchase Information:

Price: AUD145.00
Availability: Buy Michael Leon x Bodega wall art here

Cable Art by Maisie Maud Broadhead

Instead of hiding your wires, why not create some interesting features out of them? Though I’m sure it’s not for everyone, it’s certainly a smart solution to pesky wires. I’d love to see this sort of idea used to make all-out faux period detailing in a room, as in, molding and such… though at that scale you’d be wasting a lot of wire.

[via Design*lounge]

Alexander Girard Nativity Set

You’d have to be quite a fan to shell out $400 for this nativity, but hey, if you are, go for it… it’ll be a holiday highlight each year.

Alexander Girard amassed a huge collection of nativities, most of which he spent the last years of his life curating for his wing at the International Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe. We thought it would be an appropriate homage to create a completely new nativity that is based on a Girard illustration that hangs in his sonís house.

- Non-toxic, child-safe inks
- Pieces 1″ (2.5 cm) to 7.75″ (19.5 cm) tall, Stable 11.75″ x 4″ x 8.75″ (30 cm x 10 cm x 22 cm)

[via Dwell]

Purchase Information:

Price: $410.00
Availability: Buy Alexander Girard Nativity Set here

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Confetti System Pinatas

These are pretty fantastic and festive.–although if I paid $135 for a pi√Īata I wouldn’t want anyone to destroy it with a stick. These might be nice for a birthday or the upcoming holidays as decor.

Purchase Information:

Price: $135.00
Availability: Buy Confetti System Pinatas here

Vintage UK bus signs

There are some UK bus signs in Abigail Ahern’s book A Girl’s Guide to Decorating–and if you were wondering where to get one, you can find them on Etsy.

[via Ascot Friday]

Purchase Information:

Price: $400.00
Availability: Buy Vintage UK bus signs here

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