Creative Value Adding

ProcessDetailOMG hope you don’t vandalize hotel art…I know it’s not good. .but it serves a purpose. all art does. …  A friend asked on Facebook.

Me: Nope, I am just donating my awesome creative skills to adding value to the cheap hotel deco and turning it into a unique, original piece of art.

2015 Hotel Deco Busting

Intervention Against Tasteless Wall Decorations in Hotels and Holiday Apartments. (Part 12)
Intervention gegen geschmacklose Wanddekoration in Hotelzimmern und Ferienwohnungen.

I have just returned from a business trip to the Ukraine. As my regular readers know, whenever I happen to stay at a hotel I have a special mission. I upgrade the usual bleak and cheap hotel deco, by turning it into an original piece of art. I use my time and resources to infuse the found hotel deco (I cannot really call it art) with some humour, style and creativity. So the hotel ends up with something better and more valuable.

In Kiew I found a cheap and slightly fading landscape print in my hotel room. It has been printed on canvas and framed in a solid wooden frame. I arrived late at night and had to leave early, so this piece of work was done in the early morning hours.

I like to not plan too much and rather react spontaneously to what I find. Besides this faded print, I found a complimentary sewing set from the hotel. I decided to use that and originally thought of just doing some kind of geometric shape. After a few stitches, an abstract geometric shape did not feel right and suddenly it became a house, with a shed and a dog.

The complimentary sewing set, does not offer a lot of thread, so I had to be very economical and selective with my lines and stitches. Anyway, without further ado, here are the pictures! I hope you enjoy them.

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2 thoughts on “Creative Value Adding

  1. Indigo Spider

    Another new masterpiece created 🙂 The before was so bleak, my goodness. Your improvements made it a much happier picture. I’d prefer your version when checking into the hotel.

    I also have to say, whoa, a hotel with an actual key? I haven’t seen that in YEARS! Usually they have those stupid plastic cards you slide and I never get it right and can’t unlock my door for five minutes all while cursing manically in the hallway!

    1. Imke Rust Post author

      Thank you. I think it could have been a bit better if it was not 1am in the morning and I had to get up at 5am to catch the train… And I was a bit nervous being in a foreign country during a war/crisis time, so I was trying to really not offend anybody too much. But all those ‘challenges’ are part of the considerations and outcome, so I accept them in such a way.
      And yes, it was cool to get a real key and a cranky door. And the hotel rooms also looked like out of an old movie. your feelings and distress with the cards sound very familiar.


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