Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Card Designs

My cards come from all sorts of inspirations but the following designs were inspired by mid-century fabrics.
I created my leaf card (on the right) after seeing this Scandinavian influenced 1960's bark cloth. (on the left)
I did this one (pink birdie on the right) after seeing a fabric by designer Lucienne Day (on the left) that dates from the 1950's. What inspired me was the rectangular shapes and the line art going through them and what evolved was this bird and flowers. The following are two books from my collection, each with great mid-century reference.
"Fabulous Fabrics of the 50s (And Other Terrific Textiles of the 20s, 30s, and 40s)" by Gideon Bosker, Michele Mancini and John Gramstad was published in 1992 by Chronicle Books. "1950s Fashion Print" by Marnie Fogg was published by Batsford in 2010

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Angie Lewin

One of my favorite contemporary artists is British print maker Angie Lewin. Her artwork has so many layers that create new shapes and patterns within the composition and make the images infinitely more interesting. Most of her artwork depicts plants and landscapes of England and Scotland and feature close up details of weeds and plants gone to seed. I was so excited when a book about her was published in 2010 and I highly recommend it! (I purchased it on Amazon here). The following images are greeting cards produced by Art Angels and purchased from British shop One Brown Cow (they have an excellent selection online). You can visit Angie's website here to see more of her inspiring work.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Flower Power

It may be winter outside, but it's always spring when I wear one of my vintage flower pins. These enamel pins date from the 1960's and the variety of flower shapes seems to be endless.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Blog Winner!

I won this very lovely silkscreened calendar tea towel from the very talented Galia Bernstein of Dancing Kangaroo. You can purchase them from her Etsy shop here. I think it's a great start to the new year!
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