Wallflowers

If you’re in the habit of shopping Elite Repeat for art and craft supplies, you know that we have a very small exhibit space–about one square foot–atop the shelving unit where the supplies are displayed.  In this space we show off some of the artwork our staff creates using materials available at our shop.  These items are for display purposes.  They’re not for sale, but we’re sure once you see some of their ideas for using “found” art supplies, you’ll be inspired to create your own great works!  This week we’re experimenting with turning wallpaper into art paper.  We’re selling gorgeous wallpapers in lengths of 18″ to 36″ for  $2 to $3 each.  We hope you’ll visit our micro-gallery and take note of the possibility!

Wallpaper accordion book using 3 different wallpapers, stamping on the plain side and accents of gold stencil paint. (Display only. Not for sale.)

Wreath made by folding wallpaper into accordion pleats. (Display only. Not for sale.)

Wallpaper gift bag with brads for side closures and ribbon. (For display only. Not for sale.)

Wallpaper gift bag with machine sewn sides and string closure. (Display only. Not for sale.)

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Art Parts

We have art parts beyond the ordinary. 

There are loads of stores that sell found art–that is, original artwork created with things the artist just happened to stumble upon.  And there are a great many stores that sell art supplies.  We are one of only a very few stores in the known universe that sells found art supplies.

Most resale stores don’t deal with ephemera, found objects, dinged-up vintagey bobbles or other marvelous tidbits that can be used to create original artwork.  Ephemera, by the way, are bits and pieces, things that have outlived their purpose but retain a certain appeal because they’re interesting, pretty, memorable or nostalgic.  Ephemera can be printed or written, paper or pot metal or any number of materials that are not intended to be long-lived.

Bottle caps, match books, glass glitter, frozen Charlottes, slightly used tubes of paint, tinsel, beads, old lace, fur trim, buttons, mannequins, photographs, bits of string, rusty things, shiny things and the occasional stuffed peacock–at Elite Repeat, we consider this good junk, and we save it up for artists like you!  (Because, let’s face it, who else would know what to do with it?)

SOLD - Ephemera at Elite Repeat: This is a detail of a photograph of a painting entitled Land of Nod by the British illustrator Susan Beatrice Pearse. We don't know where the original painting is, but in 1927 it was reproduced as a black and white lithograph by the Curtis Publishing Co., courtsey of the Edward Gross Co. of NYC, as an illustration for a children's story. This photo is printed on Kodak Royal Paper and measures 14" x 11".