The Surface Pattern Design Guild is excited to continue its exploration into designing hand made products and selling them. September 13th the SPDG will be hosting textile designer Jennie Lennick. Jennie is the owner of Jenny Lemons, a small-batch clothing company in San Francisco with a retail shop in the vibrant Mission District.
Jennie will be talking to the SPDG about her process of designing, hand printing and hand painting fabric as well as the challenges of running her own business.
Check out more of Jennie’s whimsical and mouth watering patterns at Jenny Lemons, or drop by the shop at 3043 24th Street, San Francisco.
Shop hours are every day 12-7. The shop also carries work by other local artists and offers on site workshops.
Join us on Thursday the 13th, 7 pm
at The Finnish Hall in Berkeley, CA.
Why stop shopping for Hanukah and Christmas? You deserve something for yourself for the new year.
The Surface Pattern Design Guild members have outdone themselves this year, don't delay.
Click on the image below and shop to your hearts content.
In our second installment of the Holiday Gift Guide take a look at the exquisite products our members have designed. Soft linen tea towels, hand crafted original artwork, vibrant duvet covers, and geographic sandwich boards to fill your home. Invite your friends over with unique cards and welcome them with a festive mat at the door. The Surface Pattern Design Guild members have something for everyone.
Get your shopping done early and enjoy the holidays!
“Never do anything just because you think it’ll sell.
A wonderful BBC radio interview with Pat Albeck herself can be found here.
Having a design career that spanned 60 years, it's rather remarkable that Pat Albeck had a website with a large archive of her work. Learn more about Pat in her own words here.
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SPDG members Sarah Schwartz and Ruby Geisler through their company Sarah & Ruby have gone global!
Sarah & Ruby have begun a partnership with Style Revolutionary, a trade showroom specializing in globally sourced, handcrafted home decor. All products by Sarah & Ruby are available through Style Revolutionary's website as well as their main location in Seven Hills, Queensland (close to Brisbane). Anyone in Australia who is interested can contact Rachel Schurmann at email@example.com
"The craftsmanship and detail of Sarah & Ruby Design's wallpaper and cushions is incredible. Their passion for hands on processes and design is evident in every aspect of their collection. Such a textural and visual feast for the senses! We are so thrilled to offer such a unique and beautiful collection from Sarah & Ruby to our Australian interior design community." --Rachel Schurmann, founder of Style Revolutionary
SPDG member Beth Schneider has been having a fantastic year. Her playful geometric vibrant designs have been picked up by two manufacturers.
Beth designed several doormats for a wholesaler called Entryways Doormats. Her doormat called Kaleidoscope is available at various retailers including Home Depot, Houzz, Wayfair and Overstock. Keep a look out for 2 more of her designs with Entryways Doormats coming out this fall.
Beth also collaborated with Design Design on her Neo Geo Grad collection. This collection includes Graduation cards, a gift bag, 2 sizes of napkins and thank you cards. The Neo Geo Grad collection is currently available through Design Design.
SPDG member John Wylie of JWylie Designs has had a busy year working on several nature inspired collections.
The first collection, called MicroLife Textures, has been licensed to Robert Kaufman Fabrics and will be available August 2017. The collection comprises 36 fabrics divided into three color stories. The MicroLife Textures collection tapped into John's love of drawing and his background in science. He was influenced by microscopic views of nature and images of cell networks. To achieve this look he used pen, ink, and watercolor washes.
The second collection, called True North, has been licensed to Northcott Fabrics and is scheduled for release in October 2017. The True North collection was inspired by images of broken ice sheets, cracked frozen lakes, and ice crystals. A cool, blue palette was used throughout the collection.
SPDG member Patrick Moriarty, of Paisley Power was included in the blog of LA Interior Designer Lauren Jacobsen. Patrick’s designs were featured along side that of Robert Allen, Cole & Son and Laura Ashley. Check out the link to see the many ways paisley can be used to bring beauty and design to your home.
"Designers, such as Patrick Moriarty in the UK, are doing a great job of incorporating modern and organic elements and color schemes into their paisley designs" --Lauren Jacobsen
SPDG member Katja Ollendorff's design is now part of the beauty of the San Francisco urban landscape.
Katja had participated in the Minted contest looking for a mural design. She was officially chosen by minted to have her design painted on their building. Click on the photo below to view the video to learn more about Katja and see how they painted the the mural.
The famed Collier Campbell Design Studio was started in the early 1970's by Susan Collier and her sister Sarah Campbell. Their vivid patterns, with influences from the work of Matisse to lush garden flowers, have been featured on products from scarves to bedding, plates to rugs. Over the years they have designed for fashion and design firms such as Liberty, Yves Saint Laurent, Jaegar and Cacharel to name a few.
If you are interested in continuing to explore the work of Collier Campbell, The Collier Campbell Archive:50 Years of Passion in Pattern would be a great place to start. The book contains over 300 pages of designs and a complete history of this amazing sister design team.
Take a look at the video below for an introduction to the Collier Campbell Archive..
I stumbled upon these two videos of the amazing textile designer Sarah Campbell painting in her studio and was stunned by the grace in which her brush flows across the paper and certainty of her creative vision. I hope they are as much inspiration to you to get your hands a little dirty as they are to me.
PATTERNITY is a London based design studio, consultancy and archive founded in 2009 by photographer/art director Anna Murray, and surface/product designer Grace Winteringham. And yet, like me, many surface pattern designers may have never noticed them This almost seems to be "by design." To briefly summarize the PATTERNITY Manifesto, they believe that by drawing from the patterns that occur all around us everyday, designs can be created that are comforting and can effect change.
PATTERNITY projects are driven by the core belief that a shared engagement with pattern can have positive and powerful results.
The book has three sections. Curiousity explores the design elements found in nature, and our urban environments. Collaboration is about the value in creating with others in an age when digital tools so often make it too easy to work in solitude. Connectivity explores the ways in which pattern can connect us to the larger world.
When I sat down with the book, it was just after the holidays. I was feeling a little drained, and creatively blank. Afterward I went for a walk in my neighborhood, and suddenly noticed pattern everywhere, from the local diner's accoustic tiled ceiling, to the metal acces plates in the sidewalks. I can see myself dipping back into this book again and again, for inspiration, and to see the world in new ways. And their online archive is well worth frequent visits too.
While making the rounds at the Annual Sonoma County Art Trails last month, I came upon Helen Nicholas, an artist who sculpts & paints in the Majolica style. I went back to her studio a few weeks later to interview her because I was reminded that surface pattern design lives everywhere! We spoke for an hour and I wanted to share our conversation with you. Helen's journey reminded me that we head out in one direction and wind along our path discovering new opportunities at each bend. Here is Helen's art story.
With a BA in art from the University of Nevada, Reno, Helen started her career as an art director and designer including product development for companies who made needlework kits. This took her to Boston, New Jersey and finally to Southern California. Here she not only refined her style but also developed her business acumen.
Her career took a 180 degree turn when she noticed that the grand old 1920's houses in Santa Monica and Ojai California were being torn down to build new modern homes. Her aesthetic for preserving history and style prompted her to enter the construction business resulting in her securing her general building contractor's license. She could now find those homes that needed loving care and restore them to their original beauty, and still making a living.
When the real estate market started its downward trend she once again pivoted and opened an antiques store in Ojai, which featured fine china, Majolica ceramics and sterling silver. She then added an eBay store to reach a wider audience, becoming an eBay power seller.
After returning to the United States, Helen began working at the University of California Berkeley Arts Studios for two years, bringing her knowledge from Deruta to Berkeley students. She could also be seen in North Beach, the Little Italy of San Francisco, demonstrating Majolica painting at the front of the Birodi Ceramic Art Imports on Columbus Avenue. Here she sold small pieces and booked private commissions for larger personalized works.
In keeping with her love of the classics and the historical, Helen moved north to Sebastopol, California. Here she has set up her ceramics studio in the historic Brainerd Jones designed craftsman style summer home from 1915. The ceramic molding, casting and firing are done in the lower level, and her painting is done in the light-filled rooms on the upper floors.
You can learn more about Deruta Majolica in this video.
This 15 minute documentary is about Biordi Majolica.
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