“Abstract No. 2,” by Natalia Roman // “6am Sun Moon Lake, by Joyce Lee
“What It Feels Like,” by Kristi Kohut // “Lingerie,” by Miyuki Ohashil
“City Living,” by Danielle Kroll // “Jenna Lyons,” by Ellie Skrzat
Looking to build your own art collection? Sometimes the concept can feel a little overwhelming—but thankfully, there’s a fabulous resource out there called Buddy Editions that offers both affordability and exclusivity. Founded by “The Neo-Traditionalist” blogger and all-around creative Katie Armour, this online art gallery has become our go-to for planning thoughtful art arrangements (as well as getting the scoop on need-to-know contemporary artists). Katie has worked hard to make Buddy Editions a respected medium for limited-edition works within the average buyer’s budget. Read on for our art-centric conversation!
The curated Buddy Editions collection above is for the Glitter Guide reader. It was inspired by a vibrant spring-and-summer color palette. Don’t be afraid to mix things up—we love putting portraits with illustrations and abstracts!
Take us back to the beginning of Buddy Editions. What made you decide to launch this online art gallery?
I’ve always loved shopping for art, but I could never find a single destination that was selling a great deal of affordable work I admired. I decided to launch Buddy Editions to fill that gap in the art market. Our prints are affordable (they begin at just $50), exclusive to us (you won’t find the pieces sold anywhere else) and limited edition (so the whole world doesn’t have the same art as you). It was also important to me that the collection be continually refreshed; for this reason, we introduce new art every week. As our collection expands, I hope Buddy Editions will become the go-to online destination for affordable artwork.
How have your extensive travels affected your passion for art?
My years abroad exposed me to a wide variety of work by artists around the globe. Whether I was at the Saatchi Gallery in London or a street market in Sarajevo, there was always an intriguing painting, textile or sketch that caught my eye. It taught me to appreciate different artistic mediums and styles, not just what was trending at the moment. These days when I’m traveling stateside and internationally, the first places I’m keen to explore are still a city’s museums and galleries. Working with our Buddy artists from around the globe (Uruguay, Japan, England, etc.) has kept me continuously inspired by cultures different from my own.
Who are your favorite artists, either contemporary or classic? Name your top three.
As it would be impossible to pick Buddy favorites, I’ll stick to the past. I would say Alexander Calder for his mastery of balance and whimsy, Cy Twombly for his paintings’ bold calligraphic quality and Constantin Brâncuși, whose sculptures feel as modern today as they did 100 years ago.
What advice would you offer to those of us looking to build an art collection? Where should we start?
I would start by honing in on your individual interests. What are you passionate about? What excites you? Simply buy what you love. Consider collecting around a theme. Perhaps you’d like to collect pieces of the same medium (just watercolor, for example), or work exclusively by female artists. Perhaps you want to build a collection inspired by the beach with coastal themes. Most importantly, go with your gut. Buy artwork that makes you smile, laugh or stop and think. The art you surround yourself with is a reflection of your taste, personality and interests. Art injects interiors with personality and allows you to celebrate what you love.
How do you go about creating a gallery wall in your own space? Tell us some of your tricks!
When it comes to gallery walls, I personally like to mix mediums (illustrations, paintings, photography, etc.). I buy pieces in a variety of sizes (Buddy prints range in size from 8 by 10 inches to 30 by 40 inches) but keep the framing consistent to give the collection a sense of cohesiveness. Once you’ve gathered all your framed pieces, arrange them on the floor prior to putting any nails in the wall. Start with one piece as the centerpiece and work outward.
Headshot photo by Cassandra Eldridge