Internationally renowned textile artist, knitwear designer, painter, author, and color phenom Kaffe Fassett (rhymes with "safe asset") is a living treasure in the world of art and craft. Kaffe's career is still going strong after 50 years and his creativity is blooming as vibrantly as ever.
Kaffe can currently be found on the art and craft instruction site Creativebug, where you can learn about how he assembles prints to create his Rosy quilt design.
Not familiar with this extraordinary artist? Watch this video and be inspired by someone who followed his own path rather than conventional wisdom.
In honor of Spring, we thought we'd take a look at the colors of the season. Pantone’s Spring 2013 palette is called “Balancing Act.” In it, “designers overwhelmingly address consumers’ desire for self-expression, balance and the need to re-energize.”
You can download Pantone’s Spring 2013 report for free. In this report you will find numerous designers describing how they interpreted the colors you see above for Spring. Not only are their interpretations enlightening, but the illustrations showing their designs are fabulous!
The designers in the report include Tracy Reese, Peter Som, Herve Leger, Rachel Roy, Ella Moss, Charlotte Ronson, Tadashi Shoji, Pamella Roland, Carmen Marc Valvo, David Meister, BCBG, Nanette Lepore, Nicole Miller, Cynthia Steffe, Barbara Tfank, Lela Rose, Bibhu Mohapatra, Sachin + Babi, Tommy Hilfiger, NAHM, Karen Walker, TiA CiBANI, Marimekko, Wes Gordon, Cushnie et Ochs, Custo Barcelona, Saunder, and Elie Tahari.
But wait, you say, why a mood board for the end-use customer? Why not for my actual client — the company or employer where I want to get work? Well, every company exists to serve or sell to people. The needs, desires, and interests of those people (i.e. customers) drive the decisions that go into developing the products that the company makes—products that could haveyour art on them. Given that customers have so much influence on a company, it's critical that you get to know who they are, what they're into, their lifestyles, etc. Ultimately, it's the company's customer that you are designing for, which is why we want to focus on her/him for our March meeting.
We can't wait to see what you come up with!
Image from patternpeople.com
Meet Pattern People, an innovative surface pattern design studio started by Claudia Brown and Jessie Whipple Vickery in Portland, Oregon. This talented team produces some of the freshest designs in the industry. From head-turning psychedelic abstracts to sophisticated modern paisleys, they are always inspired and on trend. This comes as no surprise, given that they put out regular print and color trend guides for designers. Pattern People also offers a treasure trove of visual inspiration with their photo packs—collections of high resolution photos specifically shot for use as reference by surface pattern designers.
In spite of a super busy schedule at Pattern People, I was lucky enough to catch Jessie for a few questions. (Thanks Jessie!) Here's what I learned.
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