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Affordable art from

It can be hard to find beautiful artwork for your walls without completely breaking the bank. There’s either cheap and cheerful posters or limited edition prints signed by artists, but not much in the middle. is an online shop that collaborates with new and up-coming artists to create an ever expanding collection of carefully curated items. There’s something for everyone, whether you like super-detailed scenic photographs or intricate hand drawn maps, many from as little as £35.00 unframed. I’ve long been promoting the display of art without frames (see my styling for Frost + Dutch here), and have the theory that if in doubt use washi tape! Sometimes you don’t know where to put the nail, sometimes you don’t know which frame to commit to, or sometimes it’s nice just to test out a print, see if you like it and can find the perfect place for it in your home. I have lots of postcards washi-taped to the wall in my home, I love to be able to switch them around every now and then and create …


Travel: Hauser & Wirth and At The Chapel, Bruton

Last week I headed down to Cornwall for a much-needed break, stopping off on the way in the small town of Bruton. An unassuming rural Somerset town you might think, but Bruton is fast becoming a must-visit cultural destination, thanks to art gallery Hauser & Wirth and the stylishly-pared back restaurant with rooms, At The Chapel. There’s the newly opened Caro as well, a homeware and coffee shop, which also has covetable rooms for an overnight stay or two. (And that’s not to mention the host of celebrities that live in the small town: Cameron Mackintosh, Rhys Ifans, Sam Taylor-Wood, Phoebe Philo and Alice Temperley, to name a few…) Forget London or New York, this is the obviously the place to be. I’ve visited both At The Chapel and Hauser & Wirth before, once again on another stopover on the way south west – you can see my my review of At The Chapel here, and a post on when Hauser & Wirth first opened here. Hence, this post is much more of a photo story, sharing my most recent snaps and …


My styling for Frost + Dutch / GIVEAWAY

Thankyou, this giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Ronda who has won a Frost + Dutch print! I’m so excited to show you some styling I did for my very good friend Saskia Frost of Frost + Dutch. Saskia is one of my oldest and dearest friends, I’ve known her since I was about 7 or 8 years old. At school she was always the most creative out of all of us, doodling and coming up with beautiful sketches and charcoal drawings (which she still does). While we were all struggling with form and shadows, it just seemed to come naturally to her. We always knew she would go on to do something uber creative and share these talents with the world! After studying Fine Art at university, Saskia set up Frost + Dutch with her mother Marianne a couple of years ago – the name comes from both their surname and their nationality (Marianne is Dutch, Saskia is half Dutch). Based in my hometown of Guildford, Frost + Dutch are already quickly building up their portfolio, …


Q&A with… Kristina Dam

Kristina Dam is a Danish designer, based in Copenhagen, who works on the intersection of art, interior and graphic design. With a background in architecture, she creates furniture with a strong focus on materials and textures, as well as pieces of art and graphic posters. A mirror becomes a sculpture, for example, or a regular magazine holder is transformed with a piece of marble and touches of brass. Her botanical posters created in collaboration with photographer Tuala Hjarnø are one of my favourite pieces of hers; slightly eery and ethereal but quietly beautiful at the same time. Here, I find out a bit more about her world: What is your background, how did you end up doing what you are doing now? I went to architecture school and graduated as a graphic designer from the Royal Danish Design School. I now live in Copenhagen with my husband and our little girl. Previously, I worked for design practices as a graphic designer but I started my own company, Kristina Dam Studio, two and a half years ago. [more after the jump…] Where does your …


Screen printing with Farrow & Ball and Print Club London

Farrow & Ball has teamed up with Print Club London to create a series of limited edition silk screen prints for their Christmas windows. Three of the east London-based Print Club artists have created scenes inspired by the festive season using Farrow & Ball paints, from the perky birds by Chris Andrews above to a hand-drawn scene of St Paul’s by Clare Halifax and swimming carps in a misty pool of water by Lucille Clerc (scroll down to see more). Last week I was invited to a screen printing workshop along with other bloggers at Print Club London, just off Stoke Newington Road in Dalston, to meet the artists and have a go ourselves. I had previously done some screen printing with Thornback & Peel at SMUG’s workshop in Angel (see post here) so I was pretty confident with what to do. The hard bit had already been done for us: coming up with the design, prepping and washing the screens. We just got to do ‘the muscle work’, swiping the squeegee at a 45 degree angle with a steady …


Travel: Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth, which has spaces in London, Zurich and New York, has just opened a new art venue in Bruton, Somerset. I headed down to have a look last week (keep an eye out for Blueprint’s September/October issue, out at the beginning of September, for my full review). The gallery is housed in Durslade Farm, at one time a working farm and also the location of the film Chocolat, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. The former piggeries, cowsheds and threshing barn have been converted by Paris-based Laplace & Co into galleries and extended by two new buildings to form a courtyard in the middle. A crisp colonnade of sandstone provides a resting place to stop and admire the artwork, and indeed the architecture itself, outside. There’s currently an exhibition of Phyllida Barlow’s work, carrying on from her commission for Tate Britain. Her colourful creations, including a series of dangling pom-poms, extend throughout the intimate old galleries, meaning you really get up close and personal with her work (unfortunately pictures weren’t …


Travel: Monet's house and gardens in Giverny

On the way back from Île de Ré I stopped off at Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny, about an hour from Paris. Monet and his family settled in the small village of Giverny in 1883, it became the place where he would create his most famous work: a series of 250 oil paintings depicting the garden’s water lilies. The house is now open to the public while the garden is packed to the rafters with climbing roses and coloured banks of poppies and hollyhocks. It is evident Monet didn’t like organised or contained gardens, he married flowers according to their colour and left them to grow freely. “All my money goes into my garden,” he said. Ten years after his arrival in Giverny, Monet bought a piece of land neighbouring his garden and created a small pond, which was later enlarged to the size seen today. It is inspired by Japanese gardens and features tumbling wisteria, weeping willows, a bamboo wood and his famous water lilies. On the day we went the sun was out and so …


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week, from the Sensing Spaces exhibition at the Royal Academy to an international art fair in Olympia and Women’s History Month across east London. STOP What: Sensing Spaces Where: Royal Academy, London When: Until April 6 I went to see this exhibition yesterday and it is a welcome relief to the usual exhibitions held at the Royal Academy and the overwhelming clutter of the Summer Exhibition. Sensing Spaces showcases seven immersive installations from seven architectural practices from six countries across the world. Visitors are as much a part of the exhibition as the installations themselves– you are invited to touch, climb, walk, sit and contemplate. (images my own) LOOK What: Art14 Where: Olympia, London When: February 27- March 2 The second edition of London’s global art fair presents over 140 galleries from 42 countries, with prices starting from £500. An accompanying events programme includes a tour of Richard Rogers’ Maggie’s Centre in Fulham and a discussion with Heatherwick Studio about the Olympic Cauldron. There’s also Food 4 Art, where …


Natural Act collages by Merve Ozaslan

I went to see the Hannah Höch exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London this weekend. It’s the gallery’s annual paid exhibition and is well worth a visit. Höch was a member of Berlin’s Dada movement in the 1920s along with George Grosz, Raoul Haussmann and Jean Arp, as well as a driving force in the development of 20th century collage. She spliced together images taken from fashion magazines and illustrated journals, creating a humorous and moving commentary on society during a time of tremendous social change. Later that day I discovered the work of Istanbul-based artist Merve Ozaslan via Pinterest and Behance. In a similar way to Höch, Ozaslan takes vintage black and white photographs, from people on the street to young ladies on the beach, and inserts pieces of natural scenery. The result is an ordinary urban scene juxtaposed tongue-in-cheek with green forests, a field of daisies or the swirling current of the sea. See more of Ozaslan’s work on Behance and follow her on Pinterest. Images: Merve Ozaslan on Behance


Help Ink- pictures for a cause

Thank God It’s Today by Tyler Hoehne Not only do the slogans on Help Ink’s prints inspire positivity and general acts of human kindness, such as ‘Bee Kind’ and ‘From humble beginnings come great things’, Help Ink also donates 20% of the purchase price to a charity. The giclee prints are created by a host of seriously talented artists and graphic designers. If it couldn’t get any better, prints start around the very reasonable $15 mark. Have a look at their prints here. Bee Kind by Robert Zangrillo Begin by Nana Nozaki Humble Beginnings by Dan Cassaro Give a Damn by Justin Mezzell Be Good by Aaron Eiland All Your Heart by Meg Hunt Adopt Me by Roxanne Daner