Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh jen­no­liart.com.au

GRAF­FITI has come a long way from its street ori­gins.

To­day, home­own­ers and de­sign­ers are happy to bor­row from this unique and vi­va­cious art form to in­fuse life into mod­ern interiors.

“Graf­fiti is slowly find­ing its way off build­ing walls and over­passes to framed art­work, wall treat­ments and even tiles,” Heide Scherer of Jen­no­liART ex­plains.

Jen­no­liART is a bou­tique tile busi­ness that pro­duces tile mu­rals that in­clude graf­fiti tiles along­side land­scapes and scenes from na­ture.

“The face of street art has evolved over the years from be­ing frowned upon to be­ing em­braced as a truly ex­pres­sive art form,’’ Scherer says.

“Upon hear­ing the words ‘ur­ban art’, which in­cludes graf­fiti, many peo­ple in­stantly think of graf­fi­tied al­ley­ways and colour­ful paint­ings that cover the backs of build­ings.

“But th­ese vi­brant, life­like mu­rals lay the foun­da­tion for in­nercity artists to ex­press them­selves.’’

Scherer says peo­ple are drawn to dis­play­ing street art within their homes to in­clude an explosion of colour within an oth­er­wise blank space.

“It adds the wow-fac­tor. Graf­fiti also can ex­press poignant emo­tion and cul­ture,’’ she says.

Scherer says graf­fiti tiles are a ver­sa­tile way to give your home an edgy, street-savvy feel while dou­bling as beau­ti­ful art­work.

Scherer says the graf­fiti tiles they pro­duce are cus­tom-made. Artists are en­gaged to draw de­signs or de­signs based on pho­to­graphs from cus­tomers and even com­puter-gen­er­ated im­ages.

The tiles can be mounted just like any other ce­ramic wall tile with tile ad­he­sive.

Un­like tra­di­tional wall art, graf­fiti in the home packs a punch and adds dis­tinct per­son­al­ity to your home, Scherer says.

“When it comes to graf­fiti in the home, it is time to un­leash the rebel within,” she says.

Photo: Paula Hut­man

A Jen­no­liART cus­tom-made tiled fea­ture wall in a bath­room brings the streetscape in­side.

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