madcanvases experiment in black and white photos on canvas...

Chicago, Illinois · 648 Sales

madcanvases experiment in black and white photos on canvas...

Chicago, Illinois 648 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

madcanvases is taking a short break


Note from shop owner I'll be on vacation through Spring 2017 to take care of my new little project... baby girl due November 29th!

Please check back for updates next year, happy holidays!!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Nov 28, 2016

I'll be on vacation through Spring 2017 to take care of my new little project... baby girl due November 29th!

Please check back for updates next year, happy holidays!!

Mandy Adamick

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Mandy Adamick


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
Jennifer Frighetto

Jennifer Frighetto on Dec 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

My dad, a retired Chicago cop, loved his Chicago Police trivet. And he's not one to fawn over decor items. He stopped his present opening on Christmas to find the perfect place to display it.

Marianne Laughlin

Marianne Laughlin on Aug 30, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

The way the photography is done and layered over the tile is captivating - makes you want to study it. I think the artist should have a sticker with her web info because everyone raves about these when they see them.

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Tasked with filling a blank wall in her new West Loop condo, Mandy Adamick turned to her new surrounding for inspiration.

Black and white photos of the neighborhood landmarks sublimated to canvas sparked a new style and a new business.

A previous small business with a friend ended in Mandy getting her first "real" camera. On a whim, she and her husband took a walking tour of the West Loop and decided to snap a couple pictures to blow up to use in their new condo. When the pictures weren't as awe-inspiring as they had in mind, Mandy turned to the computer to see if she could alter them in a way that made them more urban, more abstract and more them.

What resulted was a new black and white style with small splashes of color to break up the grayscale. The contrast of the lines of the architecture subjects with the soft texture of the canvas makes for a stunning display when hung in a large group of eight or more. Inviting guests to stop and stare for a minute to pick out familiar places, this artwork is something that changes the longer you stare, different pieces coming into focus.

Shop members

  • Mandy Adamick

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    An artist trapped in a computer engineer's body, Mandy is the epitome of the right brain/left brain struggle. An IT professional by day and a photography and digital art creative by weekend, keeping the balance is what it's all about.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 3, 2014
All of these canvases are printed using a technique called sublimation. My images are created in Photoshop and printed onto transfer paper with sublimation inks, special inks that change from liquid to gas and back without becoming a solid. Essentially once the image is heated and applied to the canvas, the inks become part of the fabric. Pretty cool, huh?

I've received a lot of questions on how to hang the canvases. I purposely leave the back of the canvas blank to allow the buyer to hang how they wish. I recommend either a medium strength double-sided velcro strip for brick or non-painted walls. Velcro will probably take some paint off depending on the adhesive strength.

For painted walls, I suggest double sided tacks which can be found at Home Depot in the picture hanger section. Nail one end into the wall and push the canvas onto the end sticking out. I suggest two per canvas so you can level it easily. If you use one tack and are not perfectly centered, the canvas can swing on that tack.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
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  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment through PayPal is preferred. If there are other circumstances preventing PayPal, please send me a message and we can work something out.

Payment is required within 3 business days of purchase. If payment is not received, the order will be cancelled.
The canvases are printed to order so please allow two weeks from date of printing to allow for assembly, packaging and shipment.

I ship all canvases through USPS and will provide you with your tracking number after the box has been shipped. Sets are shipped 4 to a box for ease of transport and to keep overall costs down. Canvases are packed securely in custom fit boxes.

Any overages above $1 will be refunded to they buyer.

For custom orders, please allow at least 2 weeks for me to take new photos and create the images. I will send all images to you for approval before printing. After approval, the same processing and shipping times listed above apply.
Refunds and Exchanges
Returns and exchanges are accepted if the canvases are damaged during shipment. Custom order returns will not be accepted; please carefully inspect all artwork before approval for this reason.

Buyer pays return shipping. For exchanges, seller will be shipping for replacement item. For returns, refunds will be issued through PayPal.
Additional policies and FAQs
I welcome any and all Alchemy and Custom Order requests. Many of my designs are products of custom orders. Price discounts are available for multiple sets of canvases, please convo me to discuss your requests further.