Nowadays art comes in many forms. Used to be we made a) art for kings and gods b) art for farmers and hunters. Art for kings hung in churches and palaces, often coming to rest finally in museums. Art for the rest of us we wove into our home textiles and painted on our pottery. The development of a middle class threw the art world into an identity crisis from which it has never recovered.
Now, museums are about the architecture more than the collection, home design has become so commoditized that the coolest chicks put wallpaper on refrigerators in an anti-design statement. However, I still believe in art. Or at least the moment that art can bring us, when we know beauty and we don’t care what anyone else thinks.
Introducing Cactus & Quail. Now, I know this is a design business for which no oil has been applied to canvas, but in my eyes it counts as art. Jamie – yes, the same Jamie who designed my new blog look – offers 3 ways to do what the Medicis would have called, Become A Patron.
1. Downloaded illustrations. Download a PDF to use in any non-commercial way you want. To print out menus, as a blog header, for note cards. The flags below come in several colors, each one available separately. I’d like a Tibetan theme to my next celebration please, prayer flags waving in the Himalayas.
2. Custom designs. Wedding suites and announcements.
And, yes, blogs and business cards. These were letter-pressed by the inestimable Christine, at .cevd, a talented designer in her own right who designs absolutely beautiful wedding invites.
3. What Jamie calls flea market. Excuse me? Where are the broken celluloid cherubs? The vintage keychains from Idaho? Instead we have painted bamboo Christmas ornaments. These warrant a High WASP stamp of approval, if such thing existed. If such thing were desirable.
There is little that cheers my heart more than sheer talent. Of all sorts. Jamie’s got it in spades. Along with humility, a sense of responsibility, and a belief in meeting deadlines. Let’s all clink our glasses in welcome. Thank you.