How To Display Your Art According To 3 Creatives That Probably Know More Than Us

I may have been painting all my life, arranging and displaying said paintings I have not. While I believe there is a level of intuitiveness to framing and arranging art, I wanted to see if I could learn more. So, I asked some of the most creative people I know the same set of questions ~ a fellow artist, a stylist, and a trend and knitwear designer. First up...


Sharlene Kayne | International Paper Collage Artist


Kayne is a handmade-paper collage artist, her work sells in seconds each week via Instagram and she has championed and donated to some really important causes. Her home n California is a haven to display her masterpieces and well worth checking out! Here's what she had to tell us about displaying our art... If someone pops round to your home what sort of art could they expect to see? 

"Mostly outsider art, including my own since I’m self-trained. Some people may be drawn to art because it’s far beyond what they could create, but I have a bit of the opposite pull to art. I’m drawn to pieces that I could conceive creating myself."


Gallery wall yay or nay?

"Both! I have a few gallery walls, but I also love the appeal of a piece of art standing on its own."


Ok so, what must every gallery wall have?

"At least one quirky piece is what appeals to me!"


How do you tend to present your art?

"I create all my torn handmade-paper collages on gallery canvases so there is no need to frame them. That being said, I have had customers frame them in box frames which look fabulous!" 


What helps you decide what art to put where? 

"Knowing that most likely no art is ever in its permanent spot. I love to move art around to keep any space from feeling stagnant. (I’ve gotten over fretting about exposed nail holes in the walls)." 


Your favourite way to mix it up? 

"I came across this idea a while back and it stuck with me: hang art really low, like under a window. It makes the installation more whimsical no matter what the subject of the art!"


Follow Sharlene on Instagram: @skaynedesigns



Trudy Cross | Owner of Tin Design and Expert Stylist


Trudy is the mastermind behind Tin Design, a perfectly curated interiors store filled with contemporary opulence and intriguing curiosities. This aesthetic runs through Trudy's home, I just had to grab some tips from her...


If someone pops round to your home what sort of art could they expect to see? 

"I tend to go for oversized pieces that make a statement.  Nearly always portraits too.  I like both modern and vintage style, and nearly always very colourful."


Gallery wall yay or nay?

"Although I like gallery walls’ I haven’t done it in my house, I prefer one or two statement pieces instead as I believe they should shine on their own."


How do you tend to present your art?

"Usually framed or canvas wrap around. I tend to go with the colours in the art to see what will work with the colour scheme of the room."


What helps you decide what art to put where? 

"I love to go with affordable art as I like to help up and coming artists. But I do have one expensive piece in my kitchen however by Dan Hillier." 


Your favourite way to mix it up?

"I am often moving art around the house as styling is part of my job, it is amazing how it can completely transform the space."


Follow Trudy on Instagram: @tindesign and shop art in her store at http://www.tindesign.co.uk/art

Eve Gardiner | Berlin Trend & Knitwear Designer


Eve is one of those people that just has an eye for exquisite design (please check out her Instagram below and sign up to the newsletter, you will not regret), for the last year I've virtually hung on her every word! I figured if anyone could help me display art, one of them had to be her...

If someone pops round to your home what sort of art could they expect to see? 

"A mix of colourful prints, my own artwork, black & white line illustrations and reminders of Scotland (where I'm from)."

Gallery wall yay or nay?

"Nay for me, but I do like them in other people's homes.  I moved to Berlin last year into an apartment with so much light/space so I don't want to crowd the walls with too much art.  I like the art I do have to have space to breathe.  It's an ongoing process though as I'm still working on the apartment - I don't want to rush for the sake of filling the space.  Gives me time to fall in love with pieces / create art I love."

How do you tend to present your art?

"It really varies, some are painted canvasses that are hung unframed, some in black frames, and some hung just with their mount and a bulldog clip!"


What helps you decide what art to put where? 

"It's really intuitive if I'm honest!" 

Your favourite way to mix it up?

"I like creating levels of art in one room, so mixing it

up with wall hung, sitting on tables and as part of a bookcase etc.  Another tip I've found is using bulldog clips to hang art: it's cost effective and looks great!"

Follow Eve on Instagram: @_thisistrend or visit her website: https://thisistrend.net




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