Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. ~ Thomas Merton
If SL is a fantasy world, than my fantasy is to be an art collector. In fact, at one time, I indulged in that fantasy and had my own little person gallery of art I had collected, but now I just enjoy it in my own home. I found that I could be a fantasy art collector at a new site called curiator.com (apply for an invite), in which people can exchange their favorite art and build a collection, perhaps finding more by their favorite artists and learning about new artists. Consider it a Pinterest for fine art. (I am Harper Beresford on there as well—find me.)
For this blog entry, I imagined an art collector with a country home—a modern villa with plenty of wall space for hanging paintings and sketches and photographs. (I do realize art encompasses more than this, but indulge me here.) I pulled some pieces from my collection on curiator.com and put them up on the walls and went to town with new items from FaMESHed and Collabor88.
Cory Edo has made a collection for FaMESHed with a sort of postmodern bent. With suggestions of earlier periods, she mixes funky with traditionalism, modernist curvy lines with varied surfaces to offer a set that seems eclectic and pulled together all at once. The furniture features a variety of PG, and if you choose to upgrade, adult poses which will make it very versatile. And I even snuck in BabyChampagne Sass’s modern trunk (as my art collector travels back and forth quite a bit).
Putting this collection in the villa that Cory is offering at Collabor88 was a no-brainer. It all fit together. The villa itself has a large open space with two rooms off the main space and three levels climbing up. She offers it in a shadowed white, which you can customize to your pleasure. I tinted the floor and several walls to pop color in our art collector’s house and give a tension to this modern but homey space. As always she offers privacy settings, pull down blinds, and locks on the doors so art thieves can’t creep in.
Tya Fallingbridge’s dining room set at FaMESHed is a gorgeous addition to this house. With color change built into the table and credenza and changeable fabrics on the chairs, it’s entirely customizable. The modern lines of the chairs and credenza compliment the more traditional round table and provide a handsome or beautiful look to a dining room (depending on your styling).
Our art collector is, of course, eclectic and stylish and I tried to show this with a black pantsuit that Spooky Mistwallow has made for the Black Fair. Coupled with strappy stylish shoes from TeamRedgrave (made orange to pop), the look is sleek but also colorful, especially with Maxi Gossamer’s Limited Bazaar jewelry. Funky nails from Giela Delpaso mix it up in this colorful assemblage.
I used the elegant gold shadowed skin from Izzie Button, a feature at the Black Fair, as my palette. With dark brows and sleekly lined eyes, the skin has a neutral lip, perfect for our art collector. And a casual wavy flip from Chiaki Xue completes the look—she doesn’t want to look contrived.
We have art in order not to die of the truth. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Hair: *Dura-Boys&Girls*45(Dark Brown) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *
Eyes: IKON Ardent Eyes – Skyfall (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *
Shoes: – Shoes Grace – 12colors R / REDGRAVE by TeamRedgrave for Redgrave
Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin
[PM]Pixel Mode – Cohen Dining Set by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at FaMESHed *
::PopArt:: Iwanca Lux vase by Fionna Cale for PopArt
:CP: Vita’s Lamp by Isla Gealach for Cheeky Pea
Rug Pale Paradise **Sweet Sorrows** by Colette Charleville for Sweet Sorrows
Pixelated Petals- Zen Bowl Set and Pixelated Petals- Glass block vase w/orchids by Miko Omegamu for Pixelated Petals
MESHWORX – Flute Floor Lamp v3b (Mod/copy Only) by Loz Hyde for Meshworx
Trompe Loeil – Star Duo Ground Lamps Gold & White by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil *
Wedge Table Lamp by Kaerri Rae by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri
Medallion Rug by Szabo Horn, no longer available