Free to me, and to you, and to any willing person.
What could be easier than having free art delivered mailbox month after month? Nothing. And here’s how I’m taking full advantage of my non-stop supply of art-filled retail catalogues.
I mentioned a few posts ago (back when I was talking about my collage wall and upgraded picture frames) that I liked to save pages from Anthropologie catalogues for filler art in my frames. After all, UO Inc. spent a hell of a lot of money on those shoots, and the great thing about the resulting catalogues is that the photography style is reasonably consistent and half of the photos are for the furniture and decor from their home-related products. Yeah, I don’t save all of the photos of the women modeling trench coats and dresses (even if I want all of them); I like to save all of the inanimate pages (and the occasional animal, if no humans are in the shot).
Seriously, right now I have this many tear sheets thick (probably like… the thickness of 3 catalogs.)
And yes, my collection is that robust even after putting several dozen pages into frames throughout the house, most heavily in the kitchen.
Those inexpensive brassy frames balanced along the backsplash were collected over many years at garage sales. For pennies. The art within them is the free Anthro art (with a few personal photos thrown in, but you’d hardly know if you weren’t focused on them).
You might not have noticed this one of my mom (circa 1970) and her sweet yellow bike, or this postcard from Lush if I hadn’t pointed them out.
The overall impact of these delicate frames is minimal, and for now (and for the past year and a half) they’ve just been placed balanced on the backsplash, but they do make me happy as I’m brewing my coffee and washing dishes.
So you can do it too. Upcycle your catalogues. If you’re feeling log cabin-y, consider L.L. Bean for flannels and golden retrievers. And if your feeling floral, I might recommend a nice White Flower Farms catalogue (both available fo’ free right at those links).