I love art. Unfortunately, I am both artistically challenged and poor, so my collection is a very slow-growing one. So when I discovered Tiny Showcase, I literally shrieked with joy. Created back in 2004, the project is the brainchild of Jon Buonaccorsi and Shea'la Finch. As they explain,
We started thinking that it would be really nice if we could create a forum and community where all of this incredible talent could be showcased. Pricing was an issue - most of our friends aren't exactly rich, so we began exploring a smaller medium where the artist could make some money on smaller pieces of artwork. The art enthusiast, on the other hand, gets to take home their piece of artwork for around the same price as a CD, book or record...
And this is where you and I come in. Each week, Tiny Showcase picks a piece of art to feature and turn into a limited-edition print run. They print on archival Hahnemühle German Printmaking Paper and treat the archival ink so that it will have a lifespan of more than 60 years. The art may be inexpensive, but it certainly isn't cheap. And not only does the artist receive cash from the sale, but a portion also goes to a charity of the artist's choice. Could it get any better?
Actually, for us book lovers, yes. Because one of the items still available is Ten Bookplates by Ray Fenwick.
Fantastic, no? Here's a closeup:
Wonderful. The bookplates come in a set of (duh) 10 and measure 3" by 4". You ready for the price tag?
No, I'm not kidding. I told you Tiny Showcase is worth shrieking about. You can ogle Ray's bookplates here, see the rest of Tiny Showcase's offerings here.