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.
I've only recently begun to peruse the Uppercase blog on a daily basis, so I missed the submissions call for their surface pattern design guide. That doesn't mean we have to miss their Surface Pattern Design special though! One hundred artists will be featured, including Jessica Nielsen, Nadia Hassan and Elizabeth Olwen. No. 21 is due to arrive on shelves and in mailboxes in April. If you made a submission, we'd love to hear about it. Meanwhile, to make up for my oversight, please enjoy this awesomeness!
San Francisco Bay Area members of the Surface Pattern Design Guild may want to jet on over to the Design Center in San Francisco for Design San Francisco 2014, an annual event taking place this year on February 4th through 7th.
There will be speakers on a variety of topics. Zinc Textile will share the inspiration behind their new collections. Also included are textile designers Nomi Franklin and Seema Kirsh. Meanwhile Benjamin Moore will present Color Trends 2014. Another promising presentation is on Protecting Original Design: What Every Designer Needs to Know About Patent Law. While many of the speaker events require advance registration, these dates still promise many exhibits to be explored as a guest of the Design Center.
If you attend any of the Design San Francisco 2014 Events, we’d love to hear what speakers and seminars wowed you, and what you learned.
I am a firm believer in the idea of using sketchbooks to generate pattern ideas. I love to fill pages with motifs and possible pattern layouts. Many of my sketchbooks doodles have led to final pattern designs.
Naturally I was thrilled when I came across this video from world renowned British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes sharing her insights about the importance of using sketchbooks to inspire designers in their work. Her sketches are amazing! Hopefully you will be as inspired as I was by her thoughts. Please follow this link to the video: Zandra Rhodes Using Sketchbooks
If you're in London right now, rejoice! January 31 sees the open of The Fashion and Textile Museum's Artist Textiles exhibit. Promising to feature textile designs from key "European and American art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art" with many rare pieces not publicly displayed before, and featuring a regular Who's Who of artists from Braque to Warhol, this exhibit promises to be well worth a visit. The Fashion and Textile Museum was founded by iconic British designer Zondra Rhodes, and is located at 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF. The exhibit runs from January 31 through May 17, 2014.