As a pattern and surface designer, I'm really into three dimensional objects that create a flat optical effect while staying dimensional.
I often get asked the question "what inspires you"... and to be honest, I am never really sure how to describe my inspiration. I guess in the future I could refer people to this post...because, well, this is what it looks like.
I have, for a long time, wanted to start a croquet club. Ever since I lived in Cambridge, MA, it's been a dream. While I have no idea how to play, I certainly know what I would wear - knickers or floods, anything itchy with elbow patches; and what I would serve as finger food and beverage - spicy bloody marys, Royal Crown soda, deviled eggs, mini club sandwiches, pimentos and cheeses on decorative toothpics. For dessert? Tarts.
Anyway, just a few items I found inspiring up here. Loving the look of these playful, retro, recreational items.
My goodness, I've been away for a long time. A lot has been going on with me, and I've been going through some things, artistically, which have been making me need to gather my strength and hibernate.I have changed some things around, so I have more design-time available. To be honest, after three years of carving out a space for myself, and my business, and driving driving driving... having MORE time to explore is kind of strange new territory. It is a little scary, in a way. WHAT NOW.
That is what each of these things up here makes me feel inspired by...new territory. New places to explore that I didn't know existed. Something open-ended and mysterious.
I love the collage-inspired look of these scarves by Christian Dior. The photo-realistic effect in the lower designs is particularly great. I love how the red one looks like a collage out of fashion magazines... it really speaks to the fashion audience, and feels inspired by them. I would love to see rainwear printed like this -- boots, slickers, umbrellas...
I think the phrase "Make it Bigger" is probably one of my favorites. I saw Paula Scher speak in Boston, and her talk centered on that idea. For designers, it's a phrase that often comes across from the client's side of the table...as in, make our logo bigger, so there is a double entendre since much of Scher's work is about scale and changing what we're capable of visually accepting...always a thought I liked a lot.
I came across the book again about a week ago and looked through it. At the end, I found the excerpt up here. I have paraphrased so that it's a bit more generalized but this is the essence. Push it! Then push it again!