Aug 29, 2008

Project - DIY Hermes Art

Are original paintings too expensive for you? Are you perplexed when trying to pick out art? Well think outside the box and try something different. Just remember, art is anything you want it to be - any medium, any price point. So I love horses and was looking for an eye-catching art piece. I searched for paintings and prints of horses, but none that made the statement I was looking for, or afford for that matter. Then it hit me - HERMES! Originally an equestrian equipment store decades ago, it is now a luxury accessories brand, but still remain true to their equestrian roots. Often using horse motifs and patterns, especially on their signature silk scarfs. I knew I couldn't afford a new one, so I searched eBay until I found the perfect vintage Hermes scarf and won it for $100. I then bought a simple 30"x30" painter's canvas and wrapped the 35"x35" scarf around it, using packing tape to secure it in the back. I went to a custom frame shop and chose a Jonathan Adler, green faux-bamboo lacquered sample. A week later I had the custom sized frame to slip over my canvas, no glass. For a total cost under $300, I now have the art piece I dreamed of!


Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

This is FABULOUS! Love the scarf and the project! I'll be linking to this in the Daily DIY today.

Anonymous said...

Excellent, excellent idea!

I did something similar with equestrian postage stamps from Ireland. I bought a sheet of great horse stamps on line, had it matted and framed professionally.

My daughter loved it so much I had a second one done for her friend as a birthday gift.