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Fall 2016 Fashion Notes

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The September fashion magazines are stacked in my studio with pages ripped out for scanning or dog eared for future reference.  During a quick page through of Elle, I discovered that even the august house of Chanel has a playful side. The photo from the Fall 2016 collection features three designs with colorful resin emoji brooches scattered throughout. Another dominant element that appears frequently in designs this fall is the use of grommets.

More ‘notes’ in later posts as I work my way through the stack. Hmmm!!! I love this homework!!!

 

Depression Era Masterpiece

 

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Recently, the Wall Street Journal’s Art Review featured a mural by Stuart Davis. “Swing Landscape”, one of a series of murals commissioned by the WPA, features the docks, houses and landscapes of Gloucester, Mass. “At some 7 by 14 feet, it explodes at us. The art historian Meyer Schapiro likened it to a “brass band.” It immediately established Davis as one of the most powerful of modern colorists.”

Stuart is considered “one of the century’s most accomplished muralists. And “Swing Landscape” (1938) is surely one of the greatest paintings of modern American art, a glorious summation of all Davis had been and was still to be.”

GuilioMenossi_Primavera_La_Luminosa_via_del_cuoreAfter many years of working with bits of glass, Giulio Menossi is still playing with heart and spirit. “His ouevre is characterized by elegant, sweeping structural arcs always emblazoned with color, color, color.  There is a joie de vivre and playfulness here derived from slashes of color that look like they could have been made by crayons and his completely uncensored use of materials.  Lego pieces snuggle up to pearls; smalti and marble provide the background for a bunch of twigs.  What life!  What fun!”

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In this article from Mosaic Art Now, he describes his journey and what inspires him.

The Design Within

inuitThe last few months have been filled with travel, most of it fairly mundane, with one notable exception…Alaska.

Our first port of call, Ketchikan, was a wonderful introduction to  Native American Totem Poles, as well as, the interesting patterns that are an integral part of the overall design.

HMMMMM!!! My mind is spinning with ideas.

 

 

gucci-editedYikes!!! It has been almost two months since my last post. My excuse…well, travel, working at and for the Co-Op and…procrastination!!!

As an amends, I found the perfect ‘back to work’ featured photo. It doesn’t get any better than ants, snakes, butterflies, lady bugs and beetles on silk organdy. We can thank Gucci for this amazing combination. Scroll through the whole Pre-Fall 2016 collection for more ‘interesting’ design inspiration.

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While flipping through the pages of the High Point Accessories Preview book, metallics appear to be ‘THE’ surface for Spring 2016. I apologize for the quality of the photos. Most of the items are new and the items have not been published online.

The feature photo is an oil from Prestige Art. The reflective nature of the gold veining is not apparent in this photo, but I see translating design into a marbled polymer surface or even mokume gane. Love the tonal effect of the grays in contrast to the gold.

flow decorThe trio of lamps from Flowdecor, features the metallics in a traditional greek key columnar shape, a sleek contemporary paired with acrylic and a glass & textural base.

Gold appears to dominate the metallic landscape this year, followed by bronze and then silver.

Colors-Trends-Textures

legacy linen_editedThe next few posts will feature the colors, textures & trends from the Spring 2016 High Point Furniture Market. The preview books arrived yesterday and after a quick perusal, it appears this deep blue is ‘THE’ color. How to describe it…HMMM!!! The deeper blues in this beautiful agate are close, as is the background color of blueprints.

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