This weekend I finally got to the hardware store to pick up some upholstery tacks to finish hanging it. I got the upholstery tack idea from Rebecca Rebouche, an artist who sells cloth prints on her Etsy store complete with upholstery tacks in lieu of frames.
I love the idea because not only does keeping the fabric unframed soften all the hard elements on that wall, it’s also incredibly cheap. The tacks were less than $1.50, compared with the $15 - $150 I would have spent on framing. All you have to do is hammer them in like nails, and you’re good to go.
When I first posted about the wall, I had said I’d post sources next week. Next week turned into three weeks (oops), but in case you’re interested, here are the sources starting with the top left and going clockwise.
Ladies wearing animal prints: Cougar Friends by Jessica Craig-Martin. From 20x200.
Fabric giraffes: I got this somewhere in Africa, but I don’t remember exactly where. Street vendor in South Africa maybe?
Russian running bib: This was from the flea market in Moscow. It’s an old race bib, so as a runner, I appreciated it.
Snowy steps: Tiffany & Co by Zach Nadar. Also 20x200. The artist takes ads and subtracts all the advertising info, leaving just the background. I like imagining the people who just passed through that scene.
Nude: Charcoal drawing from the Etsy shop ArtAnd.
Bird painting: Flea market find.
Turquoise-framed bird: Another flea market find. If I remember correctly (I got it awhile ago), the art is a section of a postcard that has been blown up. The frame called to me more than the art though.
I obviously didn’t go for a theme, although there is a bit of a color scheme going on; everything is dominated by black or blue and the two 20x200 prints combine the two colors. I don’t have any good advice on putting together a gallery wall, but you can check out my planning post here and tips for hanging post here.
Anyone have any other ideas for nonconventional framing alternatives? Anyone else finally check something off your to-do list? I have literally eight different projects in progress right now, so hopefully this will be the first of many things crossed off the list.