The Ode To
One of my aims this year is to get a piece of original artwork for the house. Back in November, I visited Gallery Pangolin in Gloucestershire for a private opening of an exhibition on Post-war British sculpture and Works on paper and I fell in love with some of semi-abstract bronze sculptures by Kenneth Armitage and prints from Lynne Chadwick. I enjoyed a glass of champagne, slowly moving from artwork to artwork, and coming to the sad realisation that I probably never own a piece like this because it is significantly outside of my price bracket.
However, I recently discovered the concept store The Ode To, which is an online store that houses beautiful and limited editions artwork and sculptures by different female artists. Every item, from prints to hand made pieces like the Rebekka Braque welded sculpture in black metal from the lovely Kristiina Haataja are all made bespoke for the store. Prints are limited to 100, which makes it a great investment piece if you don’t want mass market art, but also can’t stretch the budget to one offs.
The concept behind The Ode To is all about paying ‘tribute’ and celebrating not only great artistry, but specifically female artistry, which is is so important and something that needs to be championed more in the art world. The store was recently launched this Spring by two friends, Helena Carlberg and Anna Lukins. They were trying to bridge the gap between their own love and passion for trawling flea markets and museums and making art accessible for others who wouldn’t necessarily have the patience to do the same.
Some of my favourite pieces (which are now on my wish list) include stoneware and modern head sculptures from Kristiina Haataja and the curve drawings from Alexa Coe. Maybe I can put some on the wedding list? …
all images courtesy of The Ode To and all thoughts and words my own.