Kate Singleton is the founder of Art Hound, a blog about living with good art which features a highly-curated selection of affordable art from around the world. Kate offers Art Matching, an affordable consulting service helping people find art for their home, and is also a contributor at New American Paintings’s blog. Kate lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two Maine Coon cats.
Although we are incredibly lucky to have so much art available to us these days, it’s still a challenge for many to find art for their home. The following are five tips for finding art (or other specialty goods) online.
Kate’s Tips for Finding Art on Etsy and Beyond:
- Take a few seconds to bookmark things that catch your attention when you first see them. Those few seconds can save hours when you need to go back to something you saw. I personally like delicious, hearting items on Etsy, Favoritizer (which uses the Etsy API) and Evernote.
- Your favorite design, fashion, decorating, and lifestyle blogs are great resources for art, so don’t overlook them. Anyone whose aesthetic you admire is a potential link to art you’ll love. I’ve found a lot of really great art on two of my favorite design blogs: Pawling I Print Studio and Seesaw.
- Take advantage of tools and sites like Etsy circles, Pinterest and Svpply, which leverage the collective sifting of many, many people. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to look through it all yourself!
- Sign up for the mailing lists of your favorite artists and galleries so you’ll be informed as soon as new work becomes available. Then make sure you manage your mailing lists over time, unsubscribing from those that no longer interest you.
- Be on the lookout for friends and family. If you come across something online that you think they’ll love, send them a link and hope that they return the favor someday.
Even with all the search and sharing tools we have at our disposal, there are still a ton of super talented artists out there who aren’t getting the recognition they deserve. One of the biggest reasons I use Etsy as much as I do is to try to address that issue; I love to find really talented artists and give them exposure on Art Hound. To that end I’d like to introduce you to eight kick-ass Etsy artists.
8 Etsy Artists You Should Know
Michelle Ramin, a.k.a. michelleramin
Jessica Lucas, a.k.a. ferrin
Esti, a.k.a. pintameldia
Katy Smail, a.k.a. whatktdoes
Terrence Payne, a.k.a. terrencepayne
India Richer, a.k.a. jacksonswift