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!
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?)