Designers frequently enjoy a little something to occupy their ears, while hands and eyes are busy creating. Podcasts are always a good bet, and one of my favorites is 99% INVISIBLE, a podcast about design. I was doubly delighted with a recent episode entitled The Fancy Shape, which is all about a design element called the quatrefoil, and a little bit about trend spotting too! Though the Arabic world may have perfected it, and then spread it's use far and wide, the geometric quality of the quatrefoil means that it has appeared in the decorative arts of nearly every culture. And it seems to be the new darling of the design world; the quatrefoil is the new chevron, if you will! On the episode page, Roman Mars and his crew have provided many an architectural example of this universal motif.
And for your viewing pleasure, we've gathered several recent examples of the quatrefoil in surface pattern design. (Click on an image for a link back to the original product.) Finally, a link to the book Mr. Mars mentions, The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones.
Our next meeting features guest speaker Brennan Mulligan of Skyou. Brennan is the first of many awesome speakers we are bringing to the guild from Surtex. He instantly stood out in the crowd because he was wearing an amazing tee-shirt. Turns out that tee was a product from SILO, the e-commerce platform powered by Skyou's on-demand technology. The evening's presentation will feature products designed by our very own Jenny Thayer. Stay tuned for more!
What is your background as an artist? What led you to hand-printed design?
My mom is an art teacher. She taught my sisters and me to work with all sorts of media. She showed us that the process is the joy and not to worry about the final result. I took my first printmaking class at the Kansas City Art Institute when I was in high school. I later went to the Corcoran School of Art and Design to study fine art.
What was your mission in creating Yellow Owl Workshop?
Both with my books and my goods, my mission is to put creative options in the hands of others. I get a kick when people that don't normally make prints or have the confidence to just play with techniques write me to tell me how much they enjoyed my products to create pieces of their own.
Covering walls and upholstered furniture with bold geometrics, beautiful birds, and flamboyant florals, her work has stood the test of time. Florence Broadhurst’s designs are again in the public eye, this time licensed by Kate Spade, who has applied them to everything from shoes, tableware, playing cards and Vespa scooters. It goes to show that classic designs can make anything more beautiful.
Our May 15th meeting is Thursday! You still have time to create something for the design challenge!
What it's all about:
If you recall, the challenge was to begin with the black and white image above, come up with a second image, and make a design inspired by both. Please bring your second inspiration image, and least one original design inspired by both to the meeting. You can pick the color palette, motifs, size, end use, etc. Add a large dash of "experience, serendipity, inspiration and style."
Don't be shy!
This is a wonderful opportunity to share your work within a supportive environment of peers. And, even if you aren't able to come up with a design in time for the meeting you are still welcome to attend.
Long-distance members, here's how you can participate:
We will be setting up a Pinterest board for our May Design Challenge. Any member who has a design completed for the challenge is welcome to have it added to our board. So even if you can't attend the meeting in person, this is a great way to share your work!
AND there's a fabric swap too!
If you have questions or want to know more info about our Pinterest boards please email us. We can't wait to see what you all come up with!
Part design math, part creative alchemy, this blog post from Pattern Pulp is the inspiration for our May Design Challenge. Only this time the formula is two very different images, mixing and mingling in the artist's eye to become an original design. Looking at the inspiration we can see color commonalities, and forms that seem to dissolve, and re-emerge as something entirely the designer's own. She writes about it beautifully, and I particularly love this excerpt:
...the flow [...] is often a combination of experience, serendipity, inspiration and style. We can’t control the visuals we
consume or the color combinations we absorb, but the resulting products usually reflect aspects of these processes.
Again quoting Pattern Pulp “While the imagery as a whole seems a bit disjointed, there’s overlap between two of the three [images] at all times.”
This challenge is about the journey, but I can’t wait to see what destinations we all arrive at!