first things first: today was the birthday of a very creative friend of mine, so we needed a cool gift wrap. the other day aiki (my 2 year old daughter), with some help from her resourceful daycare teachers, had printed heart shapes for valentine's day using a cardboard roll. i thought it was a very clever idea and we used the same technique to make our gift wrap.
so that's what she was up to. what did i do? other than planning, setting up, guiding, supervising, encouraging, and cleaning up?
i am happy to be finally able to say that i have been working on this moodboard for the 50's inspired floral collection i am currently working on.
while i am not really sure how effectively my moodboard captures 50's floral patterns, i like how it focuses on the influences of textile designers of that period. obviously, it's not supposed to be a comprehensive visual summary - and of course i focused on the characteristics that most suit my style; simple, bold shapes, thick lines, grid like arrangements, yet a sense of playful movement. the overlapping motifs and shapes will be a challenge for me, because i usually prefer solid backgrounds. but i welcome restrictions, since i am not able to create anything i consider to be valuable without specific boundaries and purpose. sticking to this moodboard will be tough, but i think it may result in better design.
the color palette is based on the pantone fashion color report for fall 2013, which can be downloaded here. i envision that the orange and purple will create a warm mood, while accents in green will add playfulness and lightness. the dark gray is a good color to have if i want to balance things out. and i thought black and white would be necessary to evoke the 50's.
but i started to sound too serious! the truth is i am not sure about any of this! all i want to do now is start developing motifs. the rest will come later, and we'll see if anything i said will still hold once i'm done.