Ben Harper by Furturtle; Spoon by Strawberry Luna
Saturday, February 2, 2008
inexpensive original artwork
If you are a music lover and looking for cheap artwork to frame, consider concert posters. No, I don't mean those flimsy, glossy band posters you used to pull from Teen Beat magazine. I am talking about screen printed originals created by artists commissioned to render something eyecatching including the band's name, venue and performance date. For around $20-$40, you can purchase one of the prints featuring your favorite bands. I have only just started my collection and have five prints. The neat thing about this being so inexpensive is that you can buy like four or five posters and simple frames (typically sized 18X24ish) to start, then rotate out based on colors for the season, to coordinate with a change in your decor, or to spotlight a new favorite band. Chris and I got going on this at Flatstock at Seattle's Bumbershoot two years ago. There we discovered rows and rows of these high quality prints and were truly inspired. I think we spent about $40 and got three posters. Later, when JoAnn Fabrics was having a half off sale, I got three frames for around $60 and got the prints up on the wall. The prints required a little trimming with a straight edge and exacto blade, but it took just a few minutes and I had started a fun art gallery in my living room. A few artists to try: Furturtle, Strawberry Luna, and Delicious Design League. Most of them also sell other great art prints.