on trend: art, graphically speaking.
by victoria comment

1/10/22

on trend: art, graphically speaking / sfgirlbybay

this is not a trend i see leaving anytime soon — perhaps it’s not a trend at all, but the timeless, classic look of graphic art and abstract prints. graphic arts have always fascinated me — how a typeface can leave me giddy with joy, or how an art director can tweek type ever so slightly to make it look so easy on the eyes. even the ground we walk on can have an interesting graphic shape or design. when in italy we couldn’t stop snapping away at all the interesting fonts in the shop and cafe signage.  in that regard, it’s perhaps something you could consider making art of on your own — maybe there’s an old sign or a graphic wall or mural of some kind you’ve always loved? snap a photo of it and have it blown up and framed! i’ve done it before from a small vintage photo i found at the flea market and i really love the imperfect graininess of a blown-up print whether it’s type or a photographic image. i used a place in san francisco called appropriately enough, blowup lab but i think even office depot or staples have photo enlargement centers nowadays. or, try apps like artifact uprising, framebridge, or parabo press to blow up your photos or type files. and if diy is not your bag, art abounds whether it’s on etsy, chairish, or an online gallery like tappan collective or artfully walls — whatever kind of artwork you might love, here’s a little inspiration to get you thinking about a potential art project for the new year. for more ideas, check my resources page and scroll down to the arts section. and don’t forget to look up, look down, and all around you. art is simply everywhere.

on trend: art, graphically speaking / sfgirlbybay

on trend: art, graphically speaking / sfgirlbybay

on trend: art, graphically speaking / sfgirlbybay

on trend: art, graphically speaking / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: wavy floor pattern by @ryanrankinstudio; woman and palms via chico; print in dining room via lili in wonderland; Mick Jagger’s hands by andy warhol; fan via deiji studios; vivre sa vie via cinderella; dancing neon sign via setting the barre; fireplace mantel via @milkdecoration_magazine; matisse female form from society6; london calling by ian flanigan; librarie by pixdar; vintage french newspapers via with grace; bialetti by klaus gubbels.

on trend: art, graphically speaking / sfgirlbybay

on trend: art, graphically speaking / sfgirlbybay

on trend: art, graphically speaking / sfgirlbybay

on trend: art, graphically speaking / sfgirlbybay

on trend: art, graphically speaking / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: lena corwin’s peace towel; living room portrait by herz and blut; home of Pierre Yovanovitch via house & garden uk; Czechoslovakian matchbox label by Jane McDevitt; celine magazine ad via all about good vibes; records & camera at my old house; Josef Albers artwork; bonton photo booth by foto automat; home gallery via discover the place of decor; dawn maple by ash holmes; credenza with art by eyeswoon; chaise lounge with large prints via food52; ekta art print from fine little day; You Sentimental Idiot ART PRINT BY RIKKIANNE VAN KIRK.

on trend: art, graphically speaking / sfgirlbybay

on trend: art, graphically speaking / sfgirlbybay

on trend: art, graphically speaking / sfgirlbybay

on trend: art, graphically speaking / sfgirlbybay

on trend: art, graphically speaking / sfgirlbybay

on trend: art, graphically speaking / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits: click on the image which will take you to its original source. in the case of my collages, the links are listed just below clockwise from left to right.

2 responses to “on trend: art, graphically speaking.”

  1. Longtime lurker- first time commenter (looong time- I saw your SF apartment in a book years ago, the name of which I don’t recall, unfortunately…). This speaks to something I was just contemplating before seeing your post! Thanks for the tip on having images enlarged. You have a great eye/aesthetic and your website is a great resource. Thank you for the work you do!

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