ART KIDS: Maybe homey arts are not so homely

Every once in awhile an art kid needs to come back down to earth, step away and do normal life things that do not include reading art history theory and spending forty-five minutes sketching a horse painting (currently, my life).

During summer break from academics, I did some traveling and watched some Netflix. While visiting Colorado, I learned that Boulder moms think coconut milk is no longer good for you and they are really angry about it. During my time in Chicago, I figured out that a septum piercing was truly not my look. But while watching Netflix’s ‘Abstract: The Art of Design,’ I surprisingly learned the most pertinent information. I grew to care a lot more about interiors from British designer, Ilse Crawford. She bases all of her interior design projects on using fabrics and forms which both make you feel good and set the appropriate mood. This decision to watch something educational rather than ‘That 70’s Show’ really got me thinking, maybe there is no high art and low art.

It could be possible that a lamp in your house is just as important in your life as a Pollock. Do not get me wrong, the print I picked up in Boulder is not soaked with the same level creative genius as a Warhol, but it is important to me. I see it every day when I wake up and it makes me feel peaceful and happy. Contemporary art for the home is a huge deal and pretentious people like me forget about how important it is. Some examples of interior arts are embroidery and ceramics, which may sound dull but give me a minute.

I admit that when I think of embroidery, I think of my grandma sewing baby blankets. But contemporary embroidery is #now people, it is happening and it is dope. New Hampshire based artist, Sarah Benning combines shape, color, and pattern beautifully to create vivacious threaded botanical scenes. The texture and color combos are so gorgeous –ugh, I want to cuddle up in all of them and fall asleep under the stars.

On the other hand, when I think of ceramics I am reminded of that scene in “Ghost” and my high school art teacher who painted a lot of birds on mugs. However, Chloe May Brown, a clay and textile designer from the magical wilderness of Portland is better than these stigmas. She works purely with hand-building to create quirky one of a kind bowls, plates, vases, you name it – everything that makes your life happy. Her designs are all beautiful blue and white combinations which flow across surfaces in simplistic dots and stripes. Maybe I would actually make my own coffee instead of going to Black Tap if my cupboard was filled with her mugs.

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If you looked up these artists’ Instagrams and you were like, “Hey Celeste, this Chloe gal isn’t really my cup of tea.” That is okay, friend, you might be more of an earl grey person and I am kind of that celestial seasonings chamomile type of vibe. The point of this tea metaphor is that there are so many amazing local artists selling goods that will make your life so ~artsy. You do not need a trip to a museum or a thick wallet to fill your life with art. Find artists that make your new Chucktown home a place you can find comfort in after you change your major for the third time and discover the questionable things you did last night.

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