We went to an art fair recently that had so much great art, it was hard to decide what to buy.
There is nothing better than seeing a piece of art and feeling like it was made just for you. It speaks to you. I love original works of art but they can be pricey. Luckily one of my new favorite artists was there, Lori Biwer-Stewart. She does linocuts. A linocut is a printmaking technique, like a woodcut. It's an actual sheet of linoleum and a design is cut into it (the back side) with a sharp knife or chisel. The linoleum sheet has ink applied with a roller and then pressed onto paper or fabric. This can be done by hand or with a press.
Anyway, back to Lori. She has great original pieces but she also has affordable variations of her artwork. There are reproduction pieces, small originals and other unique, practical pieces. One of the first things we bought from her at an art fair about a year or so ago were two little compact-shaped mirrors. They each have Lori's artwork on the back.
We also bought a small print that she hand tinted from an inspiration series she does. The "Learn" piece resides in the playroom on top of a bookshelf. And recently we bought "Become."
I also bought a larger, reproduction piece that I love. I'm not sure where it will go but the color and detail are amazing. This is called "A Child of Virtue."
Art fairs have quality, original, and affordable art - paintings, pottery, glass, furniture, textiles, more - all things that can really set your house apart. If you choose art that you love, you can never go wrong with your decorating style. So next time, instead of buying a mass-produced piece of art that you kind of like, stop at an art fair and take a look. You might be surprised at what you find.
If you want to learn more about Lori, click on the link below to go to her site. Check out her schedule for upcoming fairs where she will be showing.