I tell this story in my Design School quite a lot. In a flea market once I happened upon the back of an old rusty sign and I loved so much the formation of how the rust sat on the metal that I snapped it up and hung it on the wall in our first store, 10 years ago. It was a huge piece but being a sign of no value I it brought for little more than 30 quid. First day of opening a customer comes into the store and asks who the artist is, and how much it is. I didn’t specifically want to say it cost £30 and that it was the back of an old sign so I kind of said that it wasn’t for sale. The customer offered me £2000 for it! I didn’t take it (I have a big problem selling things, specifically when I have just brought them and they look so beautiful in store but that is a whole different story and one of the reasons I’m never allowed in the store these days)! There was such interest in that sign that we actually accumulated a wait list the world over for me to source similar looking pieces. Crazy no?
Which takes me nicely to be next point – you can turn anything into art. Looking at Merchant Studio’s blog recently I noticed a fab feature on how doors have been used as art, here are some of them below. I am always either removing my doors so I don’t have any (and I barely do these days only on the bathroom and bedroom) or painting them out. However when I look at these images I’m thinking I rather like the different way of tackling them and using them as part of the installation!