don't ask me how these things work, but i came across a 50's floral trend report, and really liked the idea, mainly because lucienne day and marianne mahler are two of my favorite textile designers.
so today i spent most of my time either curled up on the sofa reading the "contemporary" chapter in twentieth-century pattern design by lesley jackson or at my desk pinning like mad on pinterest.
|one of my favorite books|
|lucienne day | perpetua | 1953|
|marianne mahler | linear flowers | 1953|
|ruth adler schnee | seedy weeds | 1953-4|
what i found out was that what's referred to as "contemporary" pattern design was influenced by another set of artists i admire: paul klee, alexander calder, joan miro and jackson pollock. in my visual research, i decided to leave out pollock, because of my preference for clean lines.
|paul klee | fruits on red | 1930|
|joan miro | collage | 1929|
now i have a good collection of images for my inspiration board. the trick is too be inspired and influenced without loosing my own voice. i came across this great quote by zika ascher (founder of ascher london): "the most successful designers are those who effortlessly express their own personality in their designs."
makes me wonder if i should forget about all this research and just be myself!