Friday, January 11, 2013

Wheat Paste Dreams

Sometimes I think I should have taken a different path in life. Would I be happier if I had gone to school for interior design instead of my wasted years as an audio engineer? I suppose I never look at it with regret but more fascination in the thought of a parallel life.

I love to decorate. I'm totally going to be that insane mother who cuts her kids sandwiches in heart shapes for Valentine's Day and shamrocks for St. Patty's. I'll totally have boxes of rotating knick knacks that I'll drag out for every holiday and non-holiday. Get used to it future fam! So when I found out that I'm finally getting some permanent office space my imagination immediately ran wild.

I have always wanted to wheat paste! Not being brave or criminal enough to put up my own street art, I'm more than excited to take over my new space with a street art, punk club style. Something that will fit in very well here at KEXP (have you seen our bathrooms?)

From Brooklyn a few years back..
So the biggest hiccup so far in this grandiose plan? We rent this space. Not only do we not own this space, but we're moving in a year or so. So how can I make something like a wheat pasted collage wall happen in what is essentially a temporary space? Enter tempaper!

Peel and stick wallpaper? HOW FANTASTIC! Tempaper is full of lovely designs which can range from reasonable to....well, out of my price range. For my project I was looking for the cheapest paper possible because I'm really only using it as a base to my wheat paste masterpiece. I ended up getting the paper pictured on a discount website. I'm not exactly in love the the somewhat female-anatomied print, but at $33 dollars for 56 square feet or so, it was by far the best price I found. Surprisingly though, the more I plan for what I want for the space the more excited I am that I got this particular print.

Inspiration, this:
Image from : Art Observer
I guess I can't make a post about street art without at least two Shepard Fairey examples, no? I really love the gold gradient happening on the left. The paper I got has copper accents and I kept brainstorming of ways I could make the whole thing less busy. Not that I have an issue with busy, clearly, but because the space is so small I don't want it to close in on itself with too much decoration. I'm thinking I will do something similar with a copper gradient, probably closer to the ceiling, just to make it more monotone the higher it goes up.

I should be moving in sometime in the next few weeks and will keep you up to date with all the minute-by-minute improvements (just kidding, I won't put you through that!) Hopefully this venture into the world of temporary wall paper will serve me well.

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