Let me take you way back to circa 1982. I was an art student and being an art student back then was a serious business, and I mean serious! Firstly you had to look and dress the part: ‘arty farty’ as it was called in my time was all about ‘Bananarama turbans’ during the day and a Malcolm Mclaren ‘frilly romantic pirate’ look for the evening.
I imagine today it would be called something like ‘Rebel Bohemian-Luxe’?
Art Student Style:
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The Art Student Interior style!
Of course your bedroom had to be furnished and kitted out in same ‘arty’ style. It could not be ordinary because you were now an art student and wanted everyone to know it. My parent’s house decor of this time was peach anaglypta which to me was the antithesis of style. Is it possible that even then I was an interiors snob?
The art Student Bedroom:
It was the early 80’s, my bedroom walls were painted dark brown and plastered with art prints, many bought as souvenirs from visits to the big London art exhibitions. My bedspread was a multicoloured, cubist patterned, beauty purchased from Habitat.
I remember too that I had hand painted giant palm trees on my bamboo blinds. I used my acrylic paints that I stored in my special art student tool box. A tool box was de rigeur don’t ya know? During the daily bus commute, it labeled me as an real art student. How proud was I to haul that little plastic tool box around all day…
Art posters from the 80’s
Recently I have been trying to find a replacement for my beloved art print ‘Tinguely at the Tate’ from the 1982 exhibition. I visited this exhibition with my art student class. It can just be seen on my bedroom wall in the picture above. Oh the memories it brings back… I used to languish on my bed (while pretending to revise my art history) and imagine stories about the characters that are cleverly half hidden amongst the water colour swirls …
How I wish I had it still!
I did find a similar one; below from King and Mcgaw who have some super art prints, but I want my old one back! I will keep searching.
I have also been trying to find replacements for some of my other my tatty prints and was so surprised to learn that a couple of them are now considered rare! Like this David Hockney one; mine has some damage to its corner. I think I may just settle for a re-framed and keep it safe!
Unfortunately mine is damaged, but a good framer could help with this I am sure?
After all it is now almost as old as me!
We still have a few art prints hanging in our home today, but nothing like I had in my art student days. Nowadays I prefer to use picture rails rather than blue tack and drawing pins! My talented other half made this one out of some cast off mahogany!
Today if I was choosing art prints for our home I would choose prints like these: they are very me and so very much in keeping with the style of our colour modern-retro home. In my opinion they are sheer perfection, in the form of an art print. I want them all!
They are by Inaluxe
“…Australian designers, Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd are the design duo behind the cool and graphic Inaluxe brand.
Bold in style and colour, their prints combine a fresh hit of something modern, with a true retro flavour. Great graphic works for office or commercial spaces, equally brilliant for contemporary or vintage homes…”
Art prints are a fabulous way to brighten up any space, and if you hold on to them, you never know they may even gain in value like a real painting?
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