Category Archives: Inspiration
I was almost ready to give up on figuring out a way to keep the Pico de Orizaba, a volcano in Mexico, in some new floral pattern designs without it looking too out of place… Took a break and went and sat in the Bell Jar café and spotted the volcanoes in the mural across the street.
Took some pictures:
BOOM! I like the pyramid-like steps up to the mouth of the volcano! I have always admired this mural, it’s titled “The Winds are Changing” and is by artist Andrew Schoultz.
What a difference a coffee-break can make!
After photographing the mural I went right back to my Pico de Orizaba patterns and decided to drop all the flowers and focus on the volcano itself. What eventually came out was a total surprise for me – I am very happy with these drawings.
Here’s a sneak preview. See the entire collection at SURTEX:
SURTEX runs Sunday the 19th through Tuesday, 9am to 6pm at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. My agency, i2i art, is in booth 340!
You can see more of Andrew’s work here.
The concrete surface appears to show through the mural mimicking the appearance of waterslide decals. The limited colour and graphic line work make these very easy to look at as you ride by on your bike. They further adapt to their environment over time.
I’ve walked past this many times over the last few years. I feel inspired every time, and finally on a rainy day I took the time to photograph some of the details. It’s one of my favourite pieces of public art in Toronto.
This mural inspired me to create some patterns based on the forest floor fauna found in the woods of Northwestern Ontario where I grew up. Here are some previews of my new Boreal collection:
I’ll be showing the entire collection at SURTEX, in booth 340!
I picked up this book, attracted by the handwriting throughout in the margins:
Took some snapshots on the way home from THE DESIGN OF EVERYDAY LIFE at “the 8 fest” …
Patterns are all I think about these days, getting ready for SURTEX 2013, May 19-21 in New York. Look for me in booth 340! These photos will keep me inspired!
It’s official. I am excited to announce that my agency i2i art will be at booth 340-342 at SURTEX: The surface design show in New York, May 19-21st 2013. Come visit!!!
Fellow i2i artist Alanna Cavanagh and I meet frequently to inspire and push each other and over the last year pattern design has become a regular part of my week. More on those meetings later, but for now I’d like to share my simple three-step process for pattern making:
2. Scribbling in my sketchbook
3. Designing the final pattern
Here’s an example:
1. Recently I came across my friend Benjamin Nemerofsky Ramsay’s series of photographs of flowers:
2. I like the variety of vases he’s found for his Berlin flat’s windowsill. I googled “vintage glass milk vase” and found additional images for reference while scribbling in my sketchbook:
3. The results:
One pattern leads to the next:
Thanks for the inspiration, Benny!