In a July 2012 blog post Kiera brought our attention to Vera Neumann and her seemingly unstoppable design brand. Since then I have wanted to read the book Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon, and I am so glad I did. This book is a feast for the eyes and a true inspiration for all designers.
Vera Neumann is now an icon and household name, but what you may not know is that she was a true revolutionary in the field of textile design. She is perhaps the first designer to brand her textiles and herself. When someone purchased one of her scarves or tablecloths they were also buying a life style.
Vera hand painted all of her work, covering the gamut in motifs; from loose floral to geometric to conversational. As a child she found her inspiration in nature, a theme she returned to throughout her career. As an adult Vera loved to travel, and folk art was a never ending source of inspiration. Never afraid to buck the system she chose bold colors for her modern patterns, at a time when the market was glutted with dusty florals. She did what she liked when she liked it, and customers loved her for it.
I really loved this book from cover to cover. Susan Seid and Jen Renzi really delve into the life and work of Vera and I think you should too.
Part design math, part creative alchemy, this blog post from Pattern Pulp is the inspiration for our May Design Challenge. Only this time the formula is two very different images, mixing and mingling in the artist's eye to become an original design. Looking at the inspiration we can see color commonalities, and forms that seem to dissolve, and re-emerge as something entirely the designer's own. She writes about it beautifully, and I particularly love this excerpt:
...the flow [...] is often a combination of experience, serendipity, inspiration and style. We can’t control the visuals we
consume or the color combinations we absorb, but the resulting products usually reflect aspects of these processes.
Again quoting Pattern Pulp “While the imagery as a whole seems a bit disjointed, there’s overlap between two of the three [images] at all times.”
This challenge is about the journey, but I can’t wait to see what destinations we all arrive at!
The call for our next FEATURED MEMBER is on!
Is it YOUR turn for some exposure?
The SPDG Featured Member program is a promotion in which we display examples of a member's surface pattern design work throughout our web site in the header along with a credit and link to his/her online portfolio or personal web site. We also dedicate a page on the site to further spotlight him or her, including additional samples of work and an interview.
If you would like us to include your name in our drawing, please reply in the comments section of this blog post by Monday April 7, 2:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. We will select at random from the list of entries and announce the lucky winner later that day on the blog.
In order to qualify for this promotion, you must be a member of SPDG and you need to provide a minimum of 8 different digital images of your surface pattern design work for us to build your feature. If selected, you will be contacted with further information and instructions. Please do not apply if you have been the Featured Member in the past twelve months; your turn will come around again!
And if you put your name in the hat last month, but weren't chosen, please enter again!
Being the SPDG Featured Member is a wonderful way to gain exposure for you and your work.
Let us help promote you!
Surface Pattern Designers, have you checked out Pictaculous? The site is a wonderful engine for pulling palettes from photos. Just upload a photo onto the site and they make a palette directly from that photo. I took this recent shot with my camera while on a hike, and voila! Instant color palette. After uploading the first one, I found I just couldn't stop. Give it a try yourself, and if you have an iPhone you can upload the app.