After living in my house for almost eight months, I finally got around to putting up one (yes, only one) piece of artwork on the wall. Of all places, it is located in the powder room on the main floor. While this may not be the best place to showcase artwork, given its unique size (long and narrow), it seems to be in the right place. It just also happens to match the colours of the powder room.
Photo via Flickr – Dingler1109
I had purchased the artwork from the One of a Kind Show, an arts and craft show held bi-annually, featuring handmade things from local artisans. One of their shows is held in December, just in time for holiday shopping. It’s a great place to find unique gifts for those hard to shop for people on your list. Everything is beautiful and of high quality.
Everything is also quite expensive.
I understand that quality, especially the type that is handmade, handcrafted, etc. comes with a price. In this day and age, where almost everything is manufactured, people are often impressed by things that are handmade. Before the Industrial Revolution, everything took more time because everything was built by hand. People knew how to work with their hands to create masterpieces. These skills were passed on from generation to generation. Somewhere between then and now, many of these skills became lost. Our grandparents and many baby boomers seem to still have these techniques, but it doesn’t seem that many of the Generation XY group or Millennials can carry out these techniques, such as woodworking or knitting. None of my close friends or immediate family can.
We would rather pay to have it done for us than do it ourselves.
Is it because we don’t have the patience to learn? Or maybe it’s because we don’t have the desire?
Our desk in our office is actually a door from a high-end luxury home. It is long enough to be a desk for two people working side by side. We got this for free from my partner’s brother who does custom carpentry. It is held up by two desk supports, (one with drawers and one that is cabinet style) from Ikea. I have yet to see this anywhere else. I suppose you could say it’s “one of a kind”.
Regarding my unique artwork, I can’t quite remember off the top of my head how much the purchase was, but I do remember it being somewhere from $150-$200. I consider that quite expensive for art, but I know bigger pieces can run into the thousands. I probably could recreate the masterpiece if I really wanted to for less, but I definitely wouldn’t make the effort. When analyzing the cost of the artwork, one would have to take into consideration the cost of the materials used to make the artwork, the size of the artwork and the time and effort it took. This can vary, based on the artist and their experience.
I most likely will never pay that same amount again for artwork. My frugal instincts keep telling me to find a way to display my postcards from my worldly travels or print off some vacation pictures and put them in different sized frames.
In doing so, I’d be creating my own personal masterpiece.
Do you own any expensive art? How much would you be willing to pay for art?