Katja Ollendorff has gracioulsy allowed to share a recent post from her blog here.
A lot of things inspire my designs. Being outside and walking around town or in nature are big sources of inspiration. But on days when I'm stuck inside or just enjoying some TV time all cozy on the couch, I still can't stop myself from noticing patterns wherever I look. I have even saved a few images over the years on my Instagram feed #tvtextiles.
I love the series The Durells in Corfu (PBS Masterpiece Theater). It's set in 1935 and I am so in love with the fashion that is depicted on the show. I can't help but take snapshots of special patterns I notice as I watch. Afterward, I will look through the images and make little sketches to see a theme arise. Attached are (blurry) examples of my captures and the sketchbook entry, then design, that followed. Inspiration has no boundaries! What's your secret source of inspiration?
It seems everywhere I turn lately I am seeing black and white stripes. From pants to bags to jackets, the fat black and white stripe are in.
After the third sighting I started thinking about my last vacation. I spent a delightful day in view of the 167 foot stripped Fire Island Lighthouse. The lighthouse was so majestic we took a tour at the end of the day. It was there that I learned all lighthouses are painted with different color and patterns to help sailors identify where they were during the daytime.
Take a look at some US lighthouses next to 2016 fashions and tell me there was no influence.
Liberty London produces some of the most stunning and timeless surface pattern designs to be seen and purchased by all. I came across this great video of Liberty's Design Studio behind the scenes. Each designer talks about their inspiration and the pattern they created for the 2012 line.
To view the video for yourself click the liberty box below.
The Surface Pattern Design Guild is pleased to announce Michelle Fifis' new book. Michelle has been a great friend and supporter of the guild, and we look forward to another webinar with her, coming up in June.
At the Fashion and Textile Museum in London is a surface pattern designers dream! The exhibit explores Liberty’s impact on British fashion, from Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the 19th century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early 20th century, and the revival of these styles since the 1950s.
Liberty, the iconic London department store, is celebrating it's 140th anniversary this year. Over 150 garments, textiles and objects demonstrate Liberty’s strong relationships with designers since 1875, from Arthur Silver of Silver Studio to collaborations with Jean Muir, Cacharel, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.
Surface pattern designer and blogger Modflowers has a lovely write up of her private viewing experience of the exhibit with no less a personage than Sarah Campbell! (Look for our upcoming book review of The Collier Campbell Archive) There are several up close photos of exhibits showing initial artists' sketches, alongside the finished designs on clothing. Talk about your ultimate Sketch Chronicle!
Is it too much to hope for an airplane ticket to London in our Christmas stocking?
During this time period computers were not used in the design process. It was all drawing, blowing up the image to life size and laying motifs out. Birtwell’s process specifically was to draw a face, then the garment below, only then would she begin to design the fabric. “Most textile designers don’t think about where the print will end up, how it will work in three dimensions, but Celia always does,” says Linda Watson.
After 10 years in the fast paced fashion world Birtwell’s partnership with Ossie Clark ended in divorce. With 2 sons to raise Birtwell was looking for a change and found the slow process of designing interior textiles fit her perfectly. Celia Birtwell is still going strong, check out her website to see what she is up to now. http://www.celiabirtwell.com/
Last week Pantone announced their color of the year for 2015. About Marsala, their chosen color, they say:
Just in time for New York Fashion Week, Pantone released its Spring 2014 Fashion Color Report on Thursday. The report highlights the top 10 colors used by 25 fashion designers in their forthcoming women's and men's collections, along with insight into their choices and inspiration, as well as color commentary from a number of current "fashion influencers".
The theme for the Spring 2014 report is "Colorful Equilibrium," which it achieves with an unexpected blend of mild pastels and bold brights. Inspiration for the palette includes travel, spring flowers, and a desire from consumers to find something fresh and new, yet balanced.
For more in-depth information and inspiration, you can download the full report for free on the Pantone site.
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