Design by numbers
Artist Trey Speegle may mingle with the McCartneys and call Manhattan's Meatpacking District home, but he got his start here in Houston as a straight-out-of-high school designer for the now defunct Houston City Magazine.
Speegle draws his inspiration from vintage paint-by-numbers paintings, and applied that aesthetic to the line of home goods he recently launched with Anthropologie. He inherited 250 of the now-fashionable paintings from friend and comedy writer Michael O'Donoghue, and has since expanded the collection to 2,500 pieces he uses as raw source material.
Fans of Speegle's colorful blends of text and paint can purchase boxed soaps, puzzles, dinner and dessert plates and wallpaper at accessible prices. (His plates and soaps are all under $20, while his puzzles and wallpaper are closer to $200).
The collaboration also includes an online gallery of original work for purchase based on the print series "111 reasons to love you." The artwork featured in the gallery is one-of-a-kind or from limited editions of 111.
Speegle plans to expand the collection to include linens, pillows, rugs and a limited edition chair available in Spring 2010.
He is also among the Texas artists to be featured at Art on the Avenue Saturday night.