DARK BOTANICALS

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I love contrast. I love color. I love layers of abstraction. All that is coming into play with my recent studio work creating dark mysterious botanical bouquets.

Bouquet 1 (will figure out better titles at some point) is an example of where I am going with this concept. Still a work in progress but I find myself being sucked in by the darkness, saturated color, and abstracted natural shapes--like a luscious place to hide.

RUTH ADLER SCHNEE - A MID-CENTURY MODERN TEXTILE DESIGN PIONEER

I have been researching mid-century modern architecture and interior design lately for a display at our local library. I am loving the colors, simplicity of line, and abstraction within the textile designs of that time.

I came across this video and announcement that Ruth Adler Schnee, one of the pioneers of MCM textile design, received the 2015 Kresge Eminent Artist Award for her past and ongoing contribution to design and the community of Detroit. The part I like best...she is in her 90's and has a 20 year contract with Knoll! Oh and Paul Klee was her babysitter. Take a look...



FOUND-COLOR & TEXTURE IN PORTLAND OREGON

Wherever I go, I shoot photos of colors, textures, and patterns made by nature and by man. I have a constantly expanding photo catalog, which I admit is loosely organized, that I refer to for design inspiration, color palettes, and sometimes just to make my brain feel good :)

This is a sample of found colors/textures/patterns that I came across in Portland, Oregon this spring. I might use this as a springboard for a surface pattern design using these earthy warm/cool colors and textural feel.

Lichens on wood & metal patio table with past colors and rust exposed by age.

Lichens on wood & metal patio table with past colors and rust exposed by age.

ORANGE PROTEA, LEFTOVER INK

I have been working on cockeyed stripes to coordinate with my orange protea pattern aaaaalllllll day-well not really, but it seems like it! My brain hurts. I don't know how I feel about it all but will check back another day when my eyes are fresh. Could be a toss-away, could be a keeper.

The cockeyed stripe pattern (upper portion) is derived from leftover printmaking ink & Photoshop color manipulations.

The protea pattern (lower portion) is derived from photographs of protea plant shadows & Photoshop layers.

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