I have to confess, I love a bit of art yarn. I love the technical challenge, and the fact that it makes my hands feet and head work hard.
Anyone who takes an art yarn class with me will leave and never again state that beginer yarn is art yarn!
When spun well these textural yarns are balanced, and have good structural integrity. Not to say that there is anything wrong with beginner yarn... the skeins you spin when starting out are just the first steps along a spinning journey. They're not bad, they're just what you make when you're learning a new skill that requires the co-ordination of many body parts, and a mechanical tool.
I love teaching Art Yarn classes because they're an excellent way to become a better spinner. You learn to control your wheel because you have to stop and start your wheel regularly. Your hands end up working overtime because they have so much to do.
If I'm feeling the need to spin, but want a challenge then opening up my copy of Spin Art is sure to make me happy! The book now looks to be out of print, though the Kindle edition is still available. I've heard nothing but good things about the Craftsy class Jacey made on this subject if you learn better from videos.
But how to use those beautiful yarns....
This site has some nice ideas, including some lovely ways of using the yarn as home decoration.