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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

inspired: urban art

We've long been inspired by urban art and have finally created a collection that pays homage to this secret addiction of ours!  If you look closely at our new Off the Wall collection you'll see elements of design made popular by street art.


One noteable urban artist is BANKSY.   Here are a few of his infamous stenciled images.


The process of stencilmaking is fascinating and there is a lot of content and tutorials on the web if this style is something that tickles your gypsy fancy!  

In fact, many art supply stores are carrying spray paints and supplies for stenciling and urban art and a lot of them are geared towards artists who are interested in experimenting with this new medium for the first time, so why not challenge yourself and give it a try?

If you're curious about this style, there are also great books available that guide you through bringing stencils and urban art into your work.  

The Street Art Stencil Book is great starter: you get 20 different stencils designed by some of the worlds most famous stencil artists!  Plus it's packed with photos of the stencils in use for added inspiration.


Here's one of the cool stencils that comes in the book!  Don't you want to give it a try?? 

But if you're feeling a bit less adventurous you can always just 
use the NEW Off the Wall collection papers from 7gypsies!  (hint, hint)  

We'll be posting more on those later this week but they are available in our online store NOW!

We've found that part of the allure of urban art is the statement each artist makes.  Whether political or social, typically art on public display has significant commentary.


We enjoy the aspect of art making (in whatever medium you choose) that allows us to find our creative voice.  It may manifest itself as a certain style that emerges in your work, or the themes that you explore through creating. 


And just because we're sharing... we couldn't help not posting this great ad from Kate Spade.  Decidedly more "urban" than other campaigns, looks like she's got the urban-art-inspired bug as well!

3 comments:

Scrapthat said...

That book looks inspiring!
As does the new line...can't wait to see it!

Michelle*G said...

Pretty cool post! Looking forward to getting my hands on this new 7G line!

Raven said...

I love this type of art...can't wait to see your papers!