Go­ing arty on tex­ture

If your art­work can­vases are not work­ing in your home, then maybe it’s time to con­sider tex­tured art to bring life to rooms

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - AUCTION -

I AM a big fan of state­ment art­work; how­ever, there are many places in the home where a bright ab­stract can­vas is sim­ply not go­ing to work.

This is where what I re­fer to as tex­tured art can be the per­fect so­lu­tion.

It is no se­cret that I can­not get enough of tex­ture and when set against the per­fect flat­ness of a wall its beauty is fur­ther ac­cen­tu­ated.

This is no mod­ern phenomenon; the walls on many Euro­pean cas­tles were adorned with rugs, which acted not only as an art­works but also helped with insulating and sound.

While we mightn’t have the vast walls to dis­play rugs we can bor­row the con­cept but use it on a smaller scale.

As we know, many cush­ions are sim­ply works of art in their own right so why not frame and hang them and re­ally showcase their in­tri­cacy and beauty? It will add a three­d­i­men­sional qual­ity that a print or can­vas can­not bring. Gen­er­ally speak­ing, tex­tured art is a lot qui­eter in de­meanour than its more fig­u­ra­tive cousins, there­fore the per­fect op­tion for be­d­rooms, hall­ways or to bal­ance a fea­ture art­work in a living area; you do not want all your art fight­ing for at­ten­tion.

There are end­less va­ri­eties of sub­ject mat­ter rang­ing from wooden beads to shells to se­quins. It is the repet­i­tive use of a sin­gle el­e­ment that makes these pieces so calm­ing.

The back­ing sub­strate varies from hand-dyed tex­tiles to linens to beau­ti­fully tex­tured hand­made wa­ter­colour paper. It is the lay­er­ing and con­trast of materials that makes each unique.

As with all dec­o­ra­tive ac­ces­sories it will be the colour­way that will de­ter­mine the over­all feel of the piece.

By choos­ing a brightly coloured art­work you can add some vi­brancy and life to a room, darker tones will be more so­phis­ti­cated, whereas whites and neu­trals will be more el­e­gant and re­fresh­ing.

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