I’m in the process of moving (again!) and I’ve been scouring the internet for some art for my new home! I honestly love the process of connecting with new artists and commissioning special pieces. I’m definitely a collector in every sense of the word, so building a menagerie of artwork that speaks to different stages of my life, my travels, and my passions is one of my favorite hobbies.
I am often asked: where do you find your art? So, I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite ways to score unique pieces that support small creators. Disclaimer: I typically tend to stay away from mass produced items that are not attached to a specific artist because they almost always garner inspiration from small artisans that actually deserve the credit!
1. Tappan Collective
I am OBSESSED with the artists featured on this site. They showcase emerging talent in all different styles, and I’ve found some incredibly cool pieces from them.
It may be a bit more difficult to find artists on Instagram but I have a few ways I like to go about this. First, I follow a BUNCH of designer accounts. Sometimes, designers will tag the makers in their posts, and I will discover artists that way. Second, if I find an artist that I like, I always look at who they are following. Chances are, they follow some artists that they think are cool, and I’ll continue to discover makers that way. Third, a lot of the influencers and entrepreneurs I follow share their homes. If they tag the artwork they have found (that’s how I found Makenzie), I will save those makers!
Etsy is the OG place to find amazing makers, artists, and artisans. You definitely have to be diligent in your searching, but once you come across a shop you like, Etsy will likey recommend similar artisans with that vibe. For instance, if you’re into plaster artwork, check out these vendors.