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Thursday, August 7, 2014

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Let’s talk about textiles, shall we? More to the point, we couldn’t very well have a month-long theme about the “Daily Dose” without including some of those items you reach for every day. I, for one, know that any textile I purchase is going to find its way into my daily routine whether it be practical and functional or just plain beautiful. Today’s contributor is a perfect addition to my repertoire.

Sarah Doty of Folk & Faro creates gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pieces that are destined to become a part of your day to day. Doty’s background in art (she is a museum professional/curator by trade) shines through in her work. From the Shibori-style pillow covers to the hand-dyed and painted linen napkins, Folk & Faro brings a simple sophistication to the table (both literally and figuratively.) Your “Daily Dose” is waiting for you at Folk & Faro.

Folk & Faro is giving away one Lined Denim & Suede Market Tote to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, August 14th.
Please visit Folk & Faro and tell us: What is the most meaningful piece of art in your home? Tell us the story behind it.
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, August 19th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    brenda says:

    The most meaningful piece of art in my house is a bronze bust of my brother done by Walker Hancock. Walker was one of the wonderful Monument Men.
    “The Monuments Men were a group of men and women from thirteen nations, most of whom volunteered for service in the newly created Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section, or MFAA. Most had expertise as museum directors, curators, art scholars and educators, artists, architects, and archivists. Their job description was simple: to save as much of the culture of Europe as they could during combat during World War II”

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    my husband and i found a lovely blown glass bowl we bought on our honeymoon. i don’t remember where we bought it or who made it, but i remember that we bought it and right after we walked out of the store, my husband dropped it. after a brief “discussion’ we went back in the store and proceeded to buy another one, and the salesperson said, “boy, these are popular! i just sold one a few minutes ago!” 

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    Jenni says:

    For my Masters graduation my mother and father-in-law gave me a gorgeous shadowbox with 15 butterflies arranged in a swirl as if they are all in flight together. Every time I look at it I remember to spread my wings and just keep working toward my goals. That anything is possible and the whole wide world is in front of me.

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    Kat says:

    Our house was brand new when we moved into it, and my husband was really weird about not wanting to hang anything on the walls.  It was so boring and plain.  This lasted for at least a few years until we were out shopping and came across a painting of a chocolate lab puppy that reminded us of our own chocolate lab.  We were both smitten with it.  The painting was purchased and hung up that night.

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    Tiffany says:

    The most meaningful piece in our home is a Japanese doll made entirely by my great grandmother. Everyone in the family has one and each one is one-of-a-kind in their own unique way. I’m not how much of it she put together by herself, but I do know she hand painted the face and used her own hair. Each one is dressed in a traditional kimono and has extremely intricate accessories (ours has a hair pin and is holding a samurai helmet).

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    Heidi says:

    I have an art print of Mary and the Resurrected Lord by Harry Anderson in my room. It gives me comfort and peace that because of Jesus’ atonement and resurrection, I will be able to be with my dad again, who passed away seven years ago.

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    Holli says:

    They’re not high art, but we have priceless finger paintings in my house.

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    Sharon says:

    My son made for me a very small ceramic dog when he was in kindergarten that I have cherished for 30 years.

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    Maryann Hodge says:

    The most meaningful piece of art in my home is a watercolor painted by my Mom. She was always very creative but never painted until she and Dad retired to Florida after raising eight children. She took lessons and joined an art club in order to further her art. The colors are warm and invites you into the scene. You want to be paddling down the river with the sun warming your back. 

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    Sparrow says:

    I’m pretty sure you have my dream job. I love art so much. We live in a rural Oklahoma town (cluster?) and I don’t get to see new art often. So, I fill my house with postcards and prints of all my favorites. A few pieces have particular meaning, though. When I got married, I suffered over the perfect cake topper. I know that sounds dumb, but I just wanted the exactly right look. So my mom and I were wandering around for hours the day before the wedding. And then I found this perfect little Lladro of a married couple and I fell in love. It topped our cake, and now it graces our home with its perfect grace. Another meaningful piece are some etchings of some mountains in England’s Lake District that I found at a little shop at the base of the mountains while on study abroad. We climbed those mountains in the sleet and rain and freezing cold. I remember huddling behind a rock to shield myself and pulling out a scone from my backpack with raw and shaking fingers. The etchings are beautiful and simple. I have them in nice big frames. They remind me I can do hard things. Anyway, I want your job, I love your aesthetic, and I want a grape arbor.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    A painting that was in my grandpa’s home…I remember staring at as a child…he is in heaven now and it means so much to still be able to look at it and remember our visits there.

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    sam says:

    The most meaningful art in my house would have to be my kids art – the paintings, noodle necklaces, cereal portraits, etc…  They are everywhere!

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I have a painting in my hall that has taught me a big lesson in life. Here’s the quick story- I went shopping with my mother-in-law and saw a very amateur painting that gave me a bit of inspiration for my OWN art and I simply said “Ooh! I really like that.” My attempt at awkward small talk. Now I NEVER would have bought it myself because I could have painted something that was more personalized and way less expensive than the $300 price tag. Next thing I know she met me at the car with the painting. Every time I see the painting in my hall I say in my mind “Think before you speak”. A lot of meaning…but perhaps not in the same way that the previous commenters have said.

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    Kate B says:

    We own one painting and I just adore it. It’s of a pair of reindeer with candles balanced on the points of their antlers. We originally spotted it in a restaurant about an hour from our home in October when I was out to lunch with my family for my birthday and I was kind of smitten. I snagged a picture of it on my cell phone and it was my wallpaper for awhile and I regretted not having purchased it then. My husband picked up that I loved it and he called the restaurant to find out the artist’s name (by that time they had put up another artist’s work) and tracked her down to purchase it as a Christmas present for me. I was so surprised and thrilled when I opened it Christmas morning! We have it hanging in our living room and it reminds me of how thoughtful my husband is, how loved I am, and it just LOOKS like the magic of nature. I adore it and am so thrilled to have it in our lives.

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    Elizabeth says:

    I have a beautiful small painting of a bird that hangs above my desk where I work and it reminds me to fly with my own wings.  It was a gift from a little old man who I met at an art fair several years back.  I came across this painting and was moved by it – and I said to him that it reminded me of stained glass.  He gasped and said, “No one else sees that! But that’s what I thought”  And then he insisted on giving it me because he knew that I understood it.  So it helps me fly because I remember I have wings, but also it keeps my in flight because I remember that when I share myself with others beautiful things can happen.

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    jane says:

    such a handsome tote!

    i think the most meaningful piece(s) of art we own are the lovingly handstitched/cross-stitched works we have all around the house: some were handmade by my dad’s sister to decorate our first home, another one was a huge cross stitch of the Lord’s prayer and a pair of clasped hands – a gift from my mother’s friend to decorate our new home. but my favourite is a cross-stitched precious moments bride and groom, made by my dad’s cousin for my parents’ wedding. it’s really old and faded and the cloth is kinda yellow now but it still features proudly in my parents’ bedroom! i believe handmade gifts are always the best gesture of love!

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    Samantha S says:

    A framed map of London, taken from a National Geographic long ago. It represents a goal and a dream to travel internationally I’ve had since I was a child. It’s also come in handy as a conversation starter, as most of my guests assume I’ve been abroad; when I say I haven’t, I make sure to ask about their travels.

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    Jennifer says:

    It’s not art in the traditional sense, but my father’s golf bag has a place of honor in my office. He died 2 years ago and was a lifetime golf lover. I keep it there to remind me of him and also because I think it’s a cool way to remember him and something he loved to do.

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    Ellen L. says:

    We had a table maker in RI make us a walnut dining room table so we could gather generations around it for family time and celebrations. 

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    Cindy says:

    The most meaningful piece of art in our house is a story people wooden sculpture that I got for my husband when we were dating. It reads, “You’re the strangest person I ever met, she said & I said you too & we decided we’d know each other a long time.” It is truly the basis for our existence.

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    Beth B says:

    It’s hard to decide, since most of the art in my home is meaningful in some way, often posters I picked up when traveling. I think the one that stands out is actually something I made myself: A pen and watercolor painting of a turquoise blue barn with a tractor and chickens out front. It’s meaningful because I painted it alongside my oil-painting mom while we spent a  long, artsy weekend together by the beach. It was just the two of us being artistic together, sitting outside, capturing the moment and the inspiring barn on paper and canvas. She is really talented, and the fact that she loved my watercolor was the highest compliment, and reminds me that I can create beautiful things. If I win this bag, I will use it to take my watercolors to the beach to do more art!

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    Rinny says:

    It’s in a dumb plastic frame, cost aboslutely zero dollars, and is slightly torn. My mother gave it to me because it’s one of her favorite pictures of me and she, for some reason, wanted me to have it. When I was in the second grade, our art teacher sat each of his students in a chair for about 5 minutes each and sketched our portraits for our parents at the end of the school year. You’d think it would come out looking like a sidewalk caricature, but it’s an amazing snapshot of my 7 year-old self: slightly unkempt hair, a bewildered look, and a little smile.

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    Nikki says:

    I believe in art!  That it is essential household beauty and also essential to create (no matter what it looks like or the talent and skill involved the act of creating is invaluable). We are so blessed to have a house full of paintings and sculptures done by friends and family members, but the most meaningful is an oil done by my husband’s grandmother. His grandfather was a successful painter and made a very nice living from his art (so nice they had a house in LA and a house in Mexico on the beach). One day his grandmother was visiting with the wife of another painter and they decided to each pick up a paintbrush and paint something too. She painted the entire canvas using the one paintbrush and color from only four tubes of paint (blue, green, white, & black). On a whim she entered it into an art show and won! She was very proud of herself but never painted again during his life because she didn’t want him to feel threatened (which he was and she supported him in all things). Her piece is called “Solitude”. And it is hanging in our masterbedroom on it’s own wall. We were truly blown away when she gave it to us, and I know it is because we had made a point of letting her know that we valued the painting as precious and that we valued HER.  It is a beautiful painting and the story of it’s creation of talent, love, patience, and decisions also moves me.