On this edition of Affordable Art, I curated another themed set of selections—many that I've had my eye on, if only we didn't have such a backlog of prints in need of framing and a proper place on the wall...somewhere.
Last week I mentioned my current houseplant obsession, but what if you don't have the time, touch, or attention span to care for a green friend? I think we can cure that with a print or two—enjoy!
Micklyn Le Feuvre
South African artist Micklyn Le Feuvre has ten children (!), and diverse talents. I especially like these two allover patterns featuring protea from her garden, which would be really sweet to frame as a diptych, or paired side-by-side. And as these are available via Society6, if you didn't want prints (starting at just $17 for the smallest size), you could apply this pattern to other products—I think a phone case or throw pillow would be lovely!
Toronto artist and illustrator Sarah Edmonds started her workshop and atelier, Banquet, as a creative outlet after the birth of her first child. I love this large charcoal-hued open edition cactus screenprint, featuring "a selection of American Southwest beauties" including the Teddy Bear Chola, Barrel Cactus, Century Plant, and Pancake Prickly Pear. And it's just $48 through her Etsy shop.
Shana Faust and Alexa Mulvihill, Permanent Press Editions
Lovers of "cats, coffee, printed matter, and mistakes," artists Shana Faust and Alexa Muvihill started Brooklyn-based Permanent Press Editions in 2014. Their second series of collaborative works, Edition No. 2: Pressed Flowers combines book arts and botanical photography techniques in "celebration of form and texture capturing nature’s shifting beauty." This high quality print on archival 310 gsm Hahnemüle paper is just one of many incredible options, and can be yours starting at $60.
Kerry and Daniel Layton
Oh, Kelly Puissegur. I love an artist with a sense of humor, and LA artist Kelly Puissegur's colorful watercolors each have a little cheeky or naughty twist to them—her inspirations of Raymond Pettibon and Marcel Dzama are truly apparent! At just $25, I think this one might need to go up in my home office, what do you think Tyler? ;)
Tehos Frederick Camilleri
This one is a last-minute addition, but when I saw it I absolutely had to get it in this post. Leif sources some really incredible 19th century prints, and I absolutely love this Ficus parcelli. I'm a bit obsessed with ficus that have painterly, variegated coloring, and this vintage piece is a lovely reflection of that—just $70 unframed.
To wrap up, let's look at Copenhagen designer and painter Silke Bonde, whom I've been following ever since I saw this incredible collaboration with Broste Copenhagen. Her background in brand design comes through in her clean distillations of natural forms to simple shapes and patterns—and beautifully rendered in fine lines of watercolor on textural rag paper. A more conceptual take on the botanical theme, this print mimics the delicate veining of a leaf; signed and unframed, this limited edition print works out to about $100, and she also ships worldwide.
What prints or plants are on your wish list?
p.s. Bonus DIY! Chapter Friday posted this chic tutorial, if you'd like to create your own botanical art.