As promised last week, I've been very busy over the last few months creating 2 pieces for the Sotheby's Staff Exhibition, 'Objets D'art', which is currently on at Sotheby's London for this final week.
My first piece was a delicate Papercut, as I wanted to tie it in with my card business and fit in some more hours on the cutting board! (Pictures are in my earlier post)
So now for my second piece. This is something I've kept quiet for a while; it first started when I decided to create something special and unique for my Brother when he turned 21, and as he'd collected beer mats from an early age, it lead me to this... my custom Beer Mat Canvases.
Specially for this London-based Exhibition, I chose to do a London-themed canvas again (last year I also sold one).
It was created from only UK Beer Mats (sourced from hours & hours spent on Ebay!), and includes 19 hand painted customised Beer Mats along with various special London-themed ones. Can you spot them all? Each painted mat took 2-3 hours to create, and the assembly of the whole piece on to the canvas took 2 1/2 days. Quite time consuming but well worth the effort!
I finished the canvas off with a single black line mimicking the London Skyline - I really think this brings the piece together, and creates a nice central feature.
My favourite beer mat for this piece has to be my little Tetley's Bitter Man morphed into Beefeater, hehe!
I've got so many favourites - here's a couple of my other ones I was quite chuffed with how they turned out.
I've just found out today that it sold at the end of last week too, so I am absolutely over the moon!
I'd really like to start selling these properly - I think it would have to be done separately to my Paper goods though, as it's like chalk and cheese really!