Monthly Archives: March 2011

happy nowruz!

Happy Nowruz!  Today many people are celebrating Persian New Year which occurs on the first day of spring. It is a festive time of the year filled with many wonderful rituals such as seeing family, friends and neighbors; setting up a traditional table setting called the “haftseen”; and jumping over fire, which isn’t as dangerous as it sounds. 😉 Since many of the traditions celebrate our connection to nature, I thought I’d write about a design object that derives its beauty from the natural world. This pretty wooden pendant I found the other day on Supermarket is handmade in the Bay Area of reclaimed wood by Tinkering Monkey. I loved the perfectly imperfect stripe pattern of the wood grain so much that I bought one for myself.

Speaking of wabi sabi style, I can’t help but think of Japan and this artwork from illustrator Tatsuro Kiuchi.


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madpattern p1 template 2.0

Recently, Matt Handler sent me a preview copy of his MadPattern p1 template 2.0. Already a big fan of his original set of templates, which are made to be used with Adobe Illustrator, I was eager to give his latest version a try.  Here’s one of the patterns that resulted.

If you haven’t downloaded the MadPattern templates yet, I really recommend you give them a try soon. Then you can join the Flickr group and upload your creations, which then appear on the MadPattern website gallery as a seamless pattern.

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mustard yellow and cornflower blue

Mock ups are so much fun!  I did another one starting with my roses custom fabric design below.

Here’s the result with the roses fabric in cornflower blue on the lamp shade.

Many thanks to Favaro Jr for letting me use his beautiful photograph as a starting point.

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tweed turned hoodie

Recently, I discovered the work of Serbian textile designer and painter Bernat Klein through wikipedia and this site. Bernat provided designs to haute couture houses in the 1960s and 70s and later had his own line. I find his use of color so beautiful. Wish I could find more than just these three samples of his tweeds.

Taking color inspiration from the first of these three fabrics, I created this repeat pattern.

I wondered what it might look like on a hoodie, so I found this photo on Flickr . . .

. . . and did a little work in Photoshop to come up with this below.


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