Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists
If you are reading this blog then I dare say you are a maker, a creator, an artist. You spend some amount of your day working on a surface pattern design, or creating an object that will inspire or lead you to a surface pattern design. Your life is spent immersed in the creative and therefore you have experienced (at least once) a creative block. You know, that thing that keeps you from progressing in your piece and will not let you move?
That feeling is a creative block, and that's one of the topics Danielle Krysa "The Jealous Curator" covers in her book, Creative Block. She has compiled interviews with 50 artists from all over the world, also delving into topics on how they feel about critique and whether they listen to their inner critic. Each chapter ends with a creative block activity created by the artist that may help pull you out of your creative block.
- Jennifer Thayer_
Just a quick post today, to direct you to this great article on Pattern People about finding your niche in the print design industry. Whether you're newish to this industry, or more established but thinking about a change, this article has some good thoughts:
We'd love to hear your thoughts too.
Welcome to our new blog feature Creative Workshop. In this blog spot we will be exploring different artistic mediums that can be used to create unique surface pattern designs. If you have a technique you want to share let us know!
Our first medium to explore are oil pastels. I like oil pastels because they give you a very vibrant color unlike crayons and they blend in an interesting way. I started with a small set of 10 but you can buy larger sets for greater variety of color.
With my sketchbook in hand I began to draw flowers. If you have never worked with oil pastels before, it is a little like using a crayon. As the pastel moves across the page it interacts with the texture of the paper, unlike crayons the texture that is created is more intense. For mixing you can use the pastels or a smudge stick. This is where you begin to play, so have fun.
My one bit of advice is to make your motifs on the larger size. My motifs were 1 1/2 inches and as any Photoshop fan will tell you you can scale down with good results but you can not scale up. Once you have finished with your motifs scan them into your computer at 600dpi or higher. I find the higher the better for a cleaner image.
Now that it's in the computer, pattern people do your thing.
Take a look at what I came up with, below. I am so pleased with the oil paint look of the motifs, let's see what you come up with.
You'll remember our two part post from last September about Bridgeman Studio, the contemporary art licensing branch of Bridgeman Images.
Their second annual Bridgeman Studio Award Competition has been announced. It opens on April 15th, and submissions are due by June 15th.
Three First Prize winners of the Bridgeman Studio Award will receive their very own product line on CultureLabel, featuring their images. They will also be invited to join Bridgeman Studio for licensing and given one year’s free subscription, a value of £100 ($150).
The Grand Prize for 2015 will be an exceptional commission as well as a £500 cash prize. The winner will be commissioned to design the Wilderness Festival map, which 10,000 visitors to the festival will receive on arrival. A work of art in itself, the map will be a foldout A3 size and will be accompanied by large-scale maps posted around the Wilderness site during the festival in August.
And now some relevant stuff. This is an International competition! You need not live in the UK to enter! The copyright to the artwork is retained 100% by the artist. Each artist may submit as many as five design ideas. The entry can be photography, illustration, digital art or fine art. All images must be 100% original copyright owned by the artist, and not use any third party copyright material. For more details, please see the link above.
Many of us let our creativity out in multiple outlets. Why confine yourself to just one medium when there are so many to be explored. I often find myself drawn to designers/artists that are not afraid to try different things. Ultimately for us any painting, drawing or sculpture could become the basis for a fabric design. For me, one such artist is Yayoi Kusama.
Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese multimedia artist that got her start in New York in the 1960’s. Kusama has worked in many different mediums over her 86 years creating art. While in New York she became well known as a fabric and clothing designer; with her own boutique and hosting pop-up Happenings, she was the talk of the town. In 2012 Kusama came back into the United States visual sphere as part of a collaboration with Louis Vuitton. Before the year was out everything Louis Vuitton was covered in Kusama’s signature polka dots.
While recently reacquainting myself with Kusama’s flowing rivers of polka dots I came across this trailer for a movie called Self Obliteration by Martin Rietti of her working. To see her work in her studio surrounded by her canvases is inspirational. As Kusama says about her own work, “When I am facing a canvas my mind is blank and ideas just come in my head when I am drawing.”
May we all face our blank page, canvas or screen in the very same way.
Images are from http://usshop.gestalten.com/designing-patterns.html
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/
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