J Dyson, Hot Art, Arty Pants, Elle Magazine UK, June 2002
Hot Art - Artypants
Who cares if you can’t wear it – it’s art and it’s the hottest accessory, says Jenny Dyson.
At hip Brick Lane accessories boutique Tatty Devine, a scary fight was recently witnessed between a couple of Balenciaga-clad chicks. The cause was a haunting portrait of pop star Prince by artist Sarah Doyle, whose new work was on display. Doyle, who is completing her MA at Central St Martins, is as popular among the fashion crowd as hard-to-get Cacharel luggage and more-than-my-mortgage Marni shoes. The reason? Art has never been as wantable as it is right now. Style-savvy chicks are taking down their second-hand Venetian mirrors and replacing them with paintings, sketches and fierce prints. ‘It’s so gratifying to own an original work of art,’ says accessories designer Katie Hillier. She admits to being a big fan of Hayvend, the new vending machine at Selfridges which sells original works of art in small boxes for £2 a pop. Log onto www.britart.com and pick up a limited edition print by sex pistols artist Jamie Reid. Or join the new Sotheby’s Collectors club for 25 to 40 year olds interested in buying art. Best of all barge to the front of the queue at art school graduate shows for future Old Masters. Start collecting now and you might not need that pension after all…