I am absolutely enthralled by the work of Eloise Renouf. I first encountered her work on Pinterest and wanted to see more. She's a textile and stationery designer living in Nottingham, England. Some of her work definitely has a mid-century modern feel. Bold floral motifs, texture and thoughtful color palettes have made her stand out. She currently sells prints and fabric accessories through her etsy shop.
Stig Lindberg (1916-1982) is one of Sweden's most important postwar designers. His ceramics and pottery speak to the playful design of the 1950's. Truly mid-century modern, his work is iconic. He created many lines for the Gustavsberg pottery factory for most of his career and became art director in 1949. His work is creative and whimsical with beautiful forms and color.
I have a tendency to procrastinate. As an artist, sometimes it's hard to motivate myself into being my creative self. With that being said, I really had a fun time with this months Assignment Bootcamp. We were to design plates for the Home Decor market using our Marine Mash Up designs we completed for the mini assignment the week prior. We were to combine crustaceans with pattern in our own style. I think I'm the type of person who likes to know what she's getting into, so sometimes it's difficult for me to dive right in to the mini assignments. Once we receive the main assignment I usually take a few days to let it stew and then begin to create. Unfortunately, once I really get into the groove I don't have much time to complete the assignment. I need to find a way to channel that energy much sooner in the process.
Anyway, here is my submission to the gallery. I absolutely loved trying different patterns with different sea creatures and it really made me hungry. For lobster, for crab cakes, for shrimp (fried schrimp, grilled schrimp, bbq schrimp...)! I think I will keep playing with this to create more designs and maybe parlay it into a nice little collection. Also, the pairings are endless: patterns with animals, geometrics with florals....
Finally, the May Gallery is live, there are so many amazing designs. It feels really good to share and grow with this group of people. Everyone's style is so fresh and unique. I've learned so much just from participating.
Have I told you that I love Skillshare? I've been taking lots of classes and taking taking full advantage of my membership. I just finished Surface Pattern Design 2.0 with Bonnie Christine. In this class, she walks you through the process of creating a pattern collection by helping you learn to create a repeat and to design a collection that is engaging and thoughtful. There are also a ton of freebies to help you learn how to craft the perfect portfolio, mock up your patterns and build a better blog. I also took the precursor to this course, Into to Surface Pattern Design. Here is a look at what I've created. I think I will still go back and tweak some things. I'm finding that if I go back to a design after a few days, I see it with fresh eyes and can see what improvements need to be made.
Overall I'm happy with what I created, six months ago I didn't think I would be this advanced. But, the more you do, the better you get. There are still some tweaks I'll make to this collection, like, Mixed bag can be tightened up a bit. I'm not loving Groundcover and I really don't think Spring Rain or barriers totally fit. Maybe a stripe needs to be added or more simple geometrics. Feel free to leave any feedback, it all helps!!
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