I’ve been decorating my flat with photos of street art printed on canvas. There are many providers around, and most allow you to upload your photo to their server, adjust the framing of the image, and order the canvas stretched and mounted ready for hanging via their website.
If you have a high megapixel digital camera and photo editing software, you can easily convert unique local street art into stunning decorative art for your home. There is so much vibrant street art in Fitzroy that is worthy of this treatment. I’m using a Casio Exilim 12 megapixel camera and iPhoto and GraphicConverter. If you use a Windows PC IrfanView is a fantastic free image editor. There’s also Gimp.
I had initially tried the canvas prints provided through the Big W site, which had the cheapest prices, but they then stopped offering the service. They have now started it again, but with a different printer. The old ones were framed rather flimsily, and one of mine has already warped slightly. Their new service is provided by Fuji and the framing is much better, and the prices are still very reasonable.
Different providers offer different default frame sizes, and it can be time consuming to compare similarly sized canvases. I recently got the above image printed by canvasart.com.au, who offered the exact size I wanted. The photo is a detail of a large work on the wall of Little Napier Street near the corner of Gertrude St. I ordered late on a Sunday night in Melbourne, it was printed by canvasart.com.au in Sydney and the boxed print arrived at my work on Thursday morning.
Although wrapped in bubblewrap and securely boxed, the canvas had been severely damaged by the courier in transit. The damage was obvious but the Toll staff either did not notice or care.
I called canvasart and explained the situation. They were brilliant. A new canvas was immediately sent to print (a Thursday). The next day, Friday, was a public holiday (Anzac Day). The new canvas arrived at my work on the following Monday morning, this time intact. That’s amazing service.
They asked me to take some digital photos of the damaged packaging from the original canvas and email the photos to them, which I did, and this enabled them to seek reimbursement from Toll.
I was very impressed with this service, because although something went wrong, the company immediately understood the situation, had a policy to deal with it and was able to explain the steps to me clearly. They helped me get a new canvas, and I helped them to recover their loss from Toll.
In contrast, Toll get the loser of the day award for delivering goods that were obviously damaged without taking any responsibility for their actions. I’ll be ordering more canvas prints from canvasart, but if I had a choice I would not use Toll again.