Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the art collecting habits of FS members and their families. Many of my new friends have some amazing art on their walls! I’ve come to understand that the general rule in this lifestyle is to collect some things from the local artists at each post: but the truth is that scares me. Even if I find the piece for a steal, it becomes PRICELESS for the memories held – and irreplaceable because I’ll never have the chance to return. How do you hand that Japanese woodblock print or carving from Dar over to the “able” movers?! I would be terrified to ever pack out again. For me, this method is also out of reach initially: here in Baku the street art prices are high, and the subject matter uninspired.
But I’d like to grow my collection up with some “semi-precious” additions… Enter random Vogue article: besides being really excited about the cover (the colors have an incredible likeness to my new living room design! It looks right at home on The Drexel!) I was happy to find a promising art source in my December issue. It’s a new site called thePosters. They sell limited-edition museum quality large prints of contemporary artists for a STEAL at $55. The artists can range from emerging to established. They also give 10% of their profits to arts education charities. I wanted to share because it seems like a great solution for me and others in this nomadic lifestyle.
I also joined a Facebook group called “EFM Business Owners” this week. An exciting find for me there is The Next Canvas. EFM Sofia Yilma curates, collects, and sells vibrant art from her native Ethiopia at affordable prices. Below is the piece I’d love to own from her current collection. I WISH I would have seen this before Christmas (although Adaptation House will benefit much more from my new Canon Rebel)!
I love that The Next Canvas lets me shop for cultural artwork from someplace other than Baku.
How do you care for the art in your life? Is it priceless to you, or is finding (and sometimes loosing) it an acceptable risk? What other sources do you have to share with semi-precious art seekers like me? Comments welcome!